Speaking openly about this for the first time, Mohammed bin Salman said, “It is normal that I did not give any such instructions.” Such false claims hurt me. In an interview with The Atlantic, Khashoggi said, “Such allegations hurt my feelings and those of Saudi Arabia.” He said the outrage that erupted after the killings, especially among journalists, was normal. I respect his feelings. But we also have feelings and we also have pain. Let us tell you that Mohammed bin Salman is known as the reformist leader of Saudi Arabia.
Mohammed bin Salman said, “I don’t think the human rights law applies to us. According to Article 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a person is innocent until convicted. Not only that, he said, no journalist is so important to me that I order him to be killed. “Even if I had to kill someone, I would not have a journalist in my top 1,000 list,” he said. He said those who caused the incident were wrong. “Any kind of assassination is the saddest thing for us, because doing so would destroy all our plans for Saudi Arabia,” he said.