The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a “serious mistake” by Saudi Arabia, Uber director Dara Khosrowshahi said in an interview . The director compared the murder of the Saudi journalist with the fatal accident that a self-driving Uber car caused a few months earlier.
Saudi Arabia is one of the largest shareholders of Uber. The investment fund of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has put billions of dollars into the American tech and taxi company.
Saudi Arabia and its de facto leader Bin Salman are held responsible for the death of Khashoggi, who was murdered in Istanbul in October 2018.
Yasir Al Rumayyan, the chairman of the Saudi fund, is also on the board of Uber. When asked whether that was desirable, Khosrowshahi replied that Saudi Arabia said the country had made a mistake.
“We also made mistakes ourselves,” the Uber director then said, quoting the fatal accident with a self-driving Uber. “I think people make mistakes. That doesn’t mean they can’t be forgiven for that.”