Saudi Prince: I didn’t order as­sas­si­na­tion

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Liz Perkins

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.

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