LIV CEO Greg Norman has been slammed by Amnesty International for his comments regarding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi ordered by Crown Prince in 2018.
Norman was quizzed by reporters at the Centurion Club, which will host the first tournament of the LIV series on June 9-11 and said: “Look, we’ve all made mistakes and you just want to learn from those mistakes and how you can correct them going forward.”
Amnesty have hit back and said the comments were 'wrong and seriously misguided.'
US intelligence agencies concluded last year that Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman - PIF's chairman - approved Khashoggi's murder in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in 2018.
‘Seriously misguided’: Amnesty angry at Greg Norman’s comments on Khashoggi https://t.co/2JiBjsEXiI
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Felix Jakens, Amnesty International UK's Head of Campaigns sent a statement to the PA news agency saying,
"Greg Norman's remarks that the Saudi Government's brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi and its attempted cover-up were a 'mistake' are wrong and seriously misguided.
"Far from trying to 'move on', the Saudi authorities have attempted to sweep their crimes under the carpet, avoiding justice and accountability at every turn.
"The regime's human rights record is an abomination - from its murder of Khashoggi to recent mass executions and the situation for LGBTI+ people, which continues to be dire.
"The LIV Golf Invitational Series is yet one more event in a series of sportswashing exercises that the Saudi authorities are using to clean its blood-soaked image.
"Everyone involved in any of the sports events held there, or that are sponsored by Saudi Arabia, must be aware of what is going on in the Kingdom and speak out about the Government's brazen abuses."