FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2019, file photo, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The crown prince said in a television interview that aired Sunday, Sept. 29, that he takes "full responsibility" for the grisly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but denied allegations that he ordered it. (Mandel Ngan/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Saudi crown prince denies ordering journalist's murder

September 29, 2019 - 4:36 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says in a TV interview that he takes "full responsibility" for the grisly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But the crown prince denies allegations that he ordered it.

He tells "60 Minutes" in an interview airing Sunday that Khashoggi's slaying was a "heinous crime" and a "mistake" by agents of the Saudi government. Saudi Arabia has charged 11 people in the slaying.

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018, and never emerged. His body has never been found.

A U.N. report asserted that Saudi Arabia bore responsibility for the killing and says the crown prince's possible role should be investigated. In Washington, Congress has said it believes the crown prince is "responsible for the murder."