Washington, Sep 26: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said he accepts responsibility for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, telling US television a few months later that it “happened under my watch,” but denying any prior knowledge.
“It happened under my watch,” Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a reporter in December 2018, according to quotes released ahead of a new PBS documentary to be aired next week.
“I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch,” the heir to the Gulf kingdom’s throne is quoted as saying, following the October 2 murder.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, where he was to receive papers ahead of his wedding.
The CIA and some Western governments have said the kingdom’s de facto ruler ordered it, but Saudi officials denied his role.
The crown prince’s image has been permanently tarnished as journalist’s body was reportedly dismembered and removed from the building, and his remains have not been found.