‘We’ve all made mistakes’: Greg Norman brushes off questions about Jamal Khashoggi murder at Saudi-backed golf event

Australian golfing great Greg Norman has tried to dismiss questions about the murder of dissident Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which a UN special rapporteur and the CIA alleged was orchestrated by the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, by saying “we’ve all made mistakes “.

Norman was speaking at an event at the Centurion Club near St Albans in England on Wednesday night where he laid out plans for a $255 million LIV Golf Invitational Series, which is supported by Saudi’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Many of the media questions directed at Norman revolved around sportswashing and human rights, particularly the 2018 murder and dismemberment of Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul.

“Everybody has owned up to it, right? It has been spoken about, from what I’ve read, going on what you guys reported,” Norman, the figurehead of the series, said.

“Take ownership, no matter what it is. Look, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them going forward.”

Bin Salman, who is also the chairman of the PIF, has denied all allegations but said he took “full responsibility” as a leader of the country.

The UN previously said there was “credible evidence” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was liable for Jamal Khashoggi’s death.(Reuters/AP)

In addition to Khashoggi, Norman was asked about the execution of 81 men in Saudi Arabia on March 12.

“I got a lot of messages, but quite honestly, I look forward,” he said.

A number of high-profile golfers have been tipped to join the event, including Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, and another 16 of the world’s top 100 golfers.

Following the PIF’s investment into Premier League club Newcastle United, Amnesty International released a statement urging football — as well as other sports — to pay attention to Saudi Arabia’s attempts to smooth over its alleged human rights abuses.

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