Khashoggi mur­der ‘un­der my watch’, says MbS, but de­nies role

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global - Ben Hub­bard

Beirut: The crown prince of Saudi Ara­bia, Mo­hammed bin Salman, said he bears “all the re­spon­si­bil­ity” for the killing of a dis­si­dent writer by Saudi agents in Is­tan­bul last year, but de­nied he had prior knowl­edge of the plot, ac­cord­ing to a trailer for a documentar­y to be re­leased next week.

The killing and dis­mem­ber­ment of the writer, Ja­mal Khashoggi, in­side the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul nearly a year ago shocked the world and dam­agedthe rep­u­ta­tion of Prince Mo­hammed, 34, and his ef­forts to di­ver­sify the Saudi econ­omy away from oil.

It is un­likely that the com­ments by the prince, made in De­cem­ber, will al­ter the wide­spread be­lief that he had au­tho­rised the killing of a prom­i­nent Saudi writer who had crit­i­cised him in opin­ion ar­ti­cles in The Washington Post.

A CIA as­sess­ment found that the prince, a son of the Saudi king and the coun­try’s de facto ruler, had likely or­dered the killing — a con­clu­sion shared by many of­fi­cials of the US and other coun­tries.

Saudi of­fi­cials have de­nied that Prince Mo­hammed had any prior knowl­edge of the op­er­a­tion against Khashoggi, and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who sees Prince Mo­hammed as key to his plans for the Mid­dle East, has stood by him.

“It hap­pened un­der my watch,” the prince told a re­porter for the PBS pro­gramme Front­line, ac­cord­ing to a trailer re­leased on Tues­day for a documentar­y to be aired on Oc­to­ber 1. “I get all the re­spon­si­bil­ity. Be­cause it hap­pened un­der my watch.”

AFP

The crown prince, in a pre­view of a documentar­y to be re­leased next week, said he ‘bears all the re­spon­si­bil­ity’ for the killing

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