Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has denied ordering the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by suspected Saudi hitmen.

In an interview on Sunday, MBS said he ultimately bears the blame for the brutal killing of the journalist since he is the country’s ruler.

He told US network CBS that the buck stops at him “since it was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government”.

Mr. Khashoggi was a renowned Saudi journalist who worked as Washington Post’s columnist and the editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel.

Khashoggi was last seen last year, October 2, at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where he was doing some paperwork ahead of his wedding.

The journalist was allegedly dismembered and his body taken out of the building by the Saudi operatives.

MBS has previously denied his role in the assassination but promised that his government is probing the murder “and once charges are proven against someone, regardless of their rank, it will be taken to court, no exception made.”