Saudi Prince: I didn’t order assassination
SAUDI Arabia’s Crown Prince says he takes “full responsibility as a leader” for journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death.
Mr Khashoggi, 59, was killed by an assassination squad in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul,Turkey, last year.
But during the interview with CBS News’ 60 Minutes Programme, Mohammed bin Salman denied ordering Mr Khashoggi’s death.
The Crown Prince added: “I take full responsibility as a leader in Saudi Arabia, especially since it [the killing] was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government.”
Saudi authorities blamed a “rogue” operation for the murder, which led to 11 men being placed on trial.
The consulate was bugged by Turkish intelligence – the planning and the execution were all recorded.
British barrister Baroness Helena Kennedy, who listened to a tape of Mr Khashoggi’s dying moments, told BBC’s Panorama last night: “It makes a shiver go through your body.”
The Crown Prince also warned that “oil prices will jump to unimaginably high numbers that we haven’t seen in our lifetimes” if the world fails to take action against Iran.
The Saudis blame Iran for drone attacks on its oil facilities, stopping five per cent of global oil supply.