Vastavam web: Breaking his silence for the first time over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has said that he bears responsibility for the killing because it “happened under his watch”. “It happened under my watch. I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch,” the Crown Prince, also known as MBS, told American public broadcaster PBS.
The documentary, “The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia”, examines the Saudi leader’s rise, his rule and ties to the events surrounding Khashoggi’s murder. Khashoggi — a supporter-turned-critic of the Crown Prince and a Washington Post columnist — was killed and reportedly dismembered in October 2018 by a team of 15 agents sent from Riyadh. His body has not been found till now.
His mysterious death piled scrutiny on Saudi Arabia, which released conflicting information regarding his disappearance in the aftermath. Saudi authorities have since blamed a “rogue” operation for his murder and put 11 men on trial.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some Western governments said the Crown Prince ordered it, but Saudi officials said that he had no role. Asked by a correspondent from PBS’ Frontline programme that how the killing could take place without MBS knowing about it, the Crown Prince said: “We have 20 million people.
We have 3 million government employees.” “And they can take one of your planes?” the correspondent asked the Crown Prince, referring to the 15-person team said to have been behind Khashoggi’s killing and dismemberment that flew in and out of Istanbul on jets owned by the Saudi government.