As the drama unfold and the world watched at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman taken full responsibility for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi , saying “since it was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government” but denies that he ordered the killing .
The CIA and some Western governments have said they believe the Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi’s killing, but Saudi officials have repeatedly claim he had no role.
Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler,in an interview broadcast on Sunday said: the killing of Jamal, who was a strong critic of the royal family was a heinous crime but was a mistake.
The Gulf kingdom Crown prince said, “When a crime is committed against a Saudi citizen by officials, working for the Saudi government, as a leader I must take responsibility. This was a mistake. And I must take all actions to avoid such a thing in the future
When asked if he ordered the murder of Khashoggi, the Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud replied:”Absolutely not,”
On October 2, 2018, Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist was seen in CCTV footage entering the Saudi consulate to collect a document that he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee. Agents of the Saudi government killed Khashoggi inside the consulate and October 2, 2018, dismembered his body, which till now has never been found.
11 people has been charged in connection with Khashoggi’s murder …some of them believed to be close to the crown prince …and put them on trial in Saudi Arabia. Court proceedings are not opened to the public and the kingdom has refused to allow international investigators to work in the country.