Rabat – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, known as MBS, has claimed responsibility for the killing of prominent journalist and Washington Post contributor, Jamal Khashoggi.
MBS admitted that the execution operation ‘happened under his watch.’
“It happened under my watch. I get all the responsibility because it happened under my watch,” MBS told PBS’ Martin Smith, according to a preview of the documentary, entitled The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, which will be broadcasted on October 1.
MBS denied, however, he had prior knowledge of the plot.
This is the first time MBS has talked publicly about his role in the killing of Khashoggi.
Saudi operatives murdered Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where the journalist had reported to acquire the necessary paperwork for his marriage. marriage.
The killing, which happened on October 2, 2018, sparked a global uproar, with the Saudi crown prince viewed as the main culprit in the killing.
In a report conducted by UN extrajudicial executions investigator, Agnes Callamard, it has been found that Khashoggi’s death “constituted an extrajudicial killing for which the State of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is responsible”.
Released on June 19, the report provided a minute-by-minute account of the journalist’s execution and dismemberment.
Hours after the report’s release, Saudi Arabia denounced the report with its Minister for Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir saying in a Tweet that the report contains “clear contradictions and baseless allegations, which challenges its credibility.”
Turkish investigators have not found the remains of Khashoggi’s body. They believe that his murderers dissolved the body in acid and poured the remnants down the drain of the Saudi consulate.
Saudi authorities arrested 11 suspects involved in the killing, five of whom could face the death penalty for “ordering and committing the crime.”