The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia denied that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had prior knowledge of the incident that caused the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and said it was a "dishonest operation".
Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir also told Fox News that they do not know where Khashoggi's body is.
& # 39; This was an operation that was a dishonest operation. This was an operation where the individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had. "They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi at the consulate and tried to cover it up," al-Jubeir said.
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister denied Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had prior knowledge of the incident that killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi
The chancellor dismissed reports about Prince Mohammed bin Salman's security team from the Saudi crown.
Saudi Arabia faces international outrage over the disappearance and death of Khashoggi.
The country originally denied that he was killed at the consulate, saying he had left the building, but later claimed that he was killed in a fight. Skeptics have doubted history and details.
And most intelligence experts believe that the crown prince would have known about the operation ahead of time given his level of control in the country.
Now Saudi officials are promoting a theory first presented by President Donald Trump last week. The president suggested without evidence that the "unscrupulous murderers" could have been responsible Khashoggi.
"It sounded to me like it could have been unscrupulous murderers, who knows?" Trump told reporters after he made a phone call with Saudi King Salman. "We will try to get to the bottom very soon, but it was a total denial."
He also said that the royal family denied any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi.
I can only tell you that your refusal to me in this case is a relatively quick phone call, probably lasted 20 minutes, your refusal for me could not have been stronger if you had no knowledge. And it seems that he and also the crown prince had no knowledge, "said Trump.
The Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, the "dishonest" agents tried to cover up their actions.
"Obviously, a tremendous mistake was made and what aggravated the error would be the attempt to try to cover up," he said.
He said they do not know where Khashoggi's body is.
& # 39; We discovered that he was killed at the consulate. We do not know in terms of details how. We do not know where the body is, "he said.
He also rejected reports that said the Prince's security details were involved in the incident.
One of the suspects in the incident at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi entered and was never seen again, was identified by Turkish officials as a close companion of MSB: the crown prince is known by his initials.
Three others were linked to the security details of MSB.
But al-Jubeir said security details change constantly and that the photos showed no link to the prince.
& # 39; There were no people closely linked to him who were involved in this operation. There were photographs of some security officers that may have been part of their security information from time to time, but this is normal. "The security people who deal with the security details rotate between different officials, both domestic and foreign," he said.
He also denied that the Kingdom is an autocracy and affirms that there are checks and balances in the government.
& # 39; We are not an authoritarian government, we are a monarchy. We have our controls and balances, we have our systems. "The individuals who did this did this beyond the reach of their authority," he said.
He said the authorities are determined to discover what happened to Khashoggi.
& # 39; We are determined to discover every stone. We are determined to know all the facts. And we are determined to punish those responsible for this murder. "And we are determined to ensure that the institution that we have that deals with intelligence has controls and balances, and to ensure that something like this never happens again," he said.
He also apologized to the Khashoggi family.
& # 39; This is a terrible mistake, this is a terrible tragedy. Condolences go out to them. We feel his pain and we wish that this did not have to happen and I wish that this could have been avoided. "Unfortunately, a serious and serious mistake was made and I assure you that those responsible will be responsible for this," he said.
Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his next marriage.
Saudi Arabia originally said Khashoggi left the embassy, but Turkish officials said the journalist was tortured and killed.
The Kingdom changed its history several times about what happened to Khashoggi.
Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said they do not know where Khashogui's body is.
Khashoggi disappeared from the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, apologized to the Khashoggi family
And intelligence experts say it is unlikely that something has happened to the journalist without the knowledge of the crown prince.
According to the latest version, the government wanted to convince Khashoggi, who moved to Washington a year ago for fear of reprisals for his views, to return as part of a campaign to prevent the country's enemies from recruiting Saudi dissidents, An official.
So they put together a team of 15 members of the intelligence and security forces to go to Istanbul, meet with Khashoggi at the consulate and try to convince him to return to Saudi Arabia.
They claim that Khashoggi fought with them. During the fight, his mouth was covered as part of his efforts to contain him and he choked and died, they said.
Skeptics have asked why so many people, including military officers and a forensic expert specialized in autopsies, were part of the operation if the goal was to convince Khashoggi to return home of his own free will.
But al-Jubeir insisted it was a "dishonest" operation that went wrong.
The reports we received from Turkey did not match the reports that the team had given us after their return to Saudi Arabia. The king ordered the prosecutor to initiate an investigation, which he did about nine days ago, "he said on Sunday.
He was asked if Khashoggi was dismembered because Turkish reports have suggested that al-Jubier did not respond directly.
& # 39; We are working on this. "We are working on this with our Turkish colleagues," he said.