Saudi crown prince says Jamal Khashoggi murder ‘happened under my watch’

Saudi crown prince says Jamal Khashoggi murder ‘happened under my watch’

Saudi Arabia's crown prince has broken his silence over the brutal murder of dissident Jamal Khashoggi, saying he bears responsibility for it.

The CIA claims Mohammed bin Salman directed the killing of Mr Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, where the critic was strangled and his body was cut into pieces.

Speaking publicly for the first time about his alleged role in the October 2018 murder, Prince Mohammed, the kingdom's de facto ruler, continued to insist that it happened without his knowledge, adding: “It happened under my watch.

“I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch.”

Saudi officials have claimed that Prince Mohammed had no role in the murder of one of his most outspoken critics.

Prince Mohammed spokes to a correspondent from PBS' Frontline programme when he was tracked down at an electric car race outside Riyadh.

Pressed on how the murder could have happened without him knowing about it, he replied: “We have 20 million people. We have three million government employees."

Frontline correspondent Martin Smith asked Prince Mohammed: “And they can take one of your planes?”

The crown prince replied: “I have officials, ministers to follow things, and they’re responsible, they have the authority to do that."

A 15-member hit squad flew into and out of Istanbul on Saudi government private jets to carry out the murder, it is claimed.

Mr Smith describes the December exchange, which apparently took place off camera, in the preview of a new documentary called The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

It is due to air on PBS on October 1 to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the murder.

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