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Saudi Crown Prince pleads responsible for Khashoggi killing

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, in an interview with CBS, called the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi a heinous crime. He said that he “takes responsibility ( for the murder – ed.) as the leader of Saudi Arabia,” but at the same time noted that he did not give orders to kill the Saudi journalist.

“When a crime is committed against a Saudi citizen by officials who worked for the Saudi authorities, as a leader I must take responsibility. It was a mistake. And I must take all measures to prevent this from happening in the future,” said Bin Salman.

Khashkaji, who worked for the Washington Post American edition, was killed in the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. The body of the journalist was never found.

The investigation of this case is separately conducted by the Turkish and Saudi authorities. Some media have linked the assassination with the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.

In Saudi Arabia, 11 citizens of the country have been indicted for the killing of Khashkaji, including Ahmed Asiri, the former deputy head of Saudi intelligence.

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