WASHINGTON: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has backtracked on a comment, calling the murder of dissident Saudi journalist at the Saudi consulate in Turkey a “mistake.”
He made the comment in an interview with Axios released Sunday but called later to change his mind.
“It’s a serious mistake. [But] you know, we’ve made mistakes too,” Khosrowshahi said in an interview aired Saturday evening, referring to the murder of the US-based journalist. “People make mistakes, it doesn’t mean they can never be forgiven. I think they’ve taken it seriously. ”
He was further pressed about the role Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had played in the assassination, according to a CIA analysis.
“I didn’t read that part of the CIA report,” Khosrowshahi responded.
Khosrowshahi called later in the day, trying to walk back his comment in the phone call.
“I said something in the moment that I do not believe. When it comes to Jamal Khashoggi, his murder was reprehensible and should not be forgotten or excused,” said the Uber CEO.
Khashoggi was killed and his body dismembered by a Saudi hit squad after he entered the their consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 to secure documentation for his marriage to his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.
The Washington Post, for which Khashoggi was a columnist, has also reported that the CIA had concluded that MBS personally ordered the killing.
An investigative team led by the United Nations also said it believed MBS was the prime suspect in the state-sponsored murder. Washington has refused to formally implicate him, however.