Saad Aljabri Accuses Crown Prince MbS of Sending Tiger Squad to Kill Him
Last updated on August 11th, 2020
The US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a summons to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) after a former Saudi intelligence official, Saad Aljabri accused MbS of sending a hit-squad to Canada in order to kill him.
The lawsuit filed in the United States claimed that the murder plan was attempted soon after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Turkey.
Saad Aljabri, who has close ties with western intelligence agencies, has been living in exile from the last three years. He has been under private security protection in Toronto since.
The lawsuit filed in a district court of Washington DC states that Saudi Arabia targeted the former Saudi intelligence official in Canada because he was perceived as a threat to Mohammed bin Salman’s relationship with the US and his throne.
The 106-pages long complaint not just accuses the crown prince of Saudi Arabia attempting to murder Saad Aljabri so as to silence him, but also includes alleged corruption charges and the involvement of a team of personal mercenaries Tiger Squad in Khashoggi’s murder.
“Few places hold more sensitive, humiliating and damning information about defendant bin Salman than the mind and memory of Dr Saad – except perhaps the recordings Dr Saad made in anticipation of his killing,” the complaint reads. “That is why defendant bin Salman wants him dead, and why defendant bin Salman has worked to achieve that objective over the last three years.”
Saad Aljabri alleged that after he fled from Saudi Arabia to Canada via Turkey, Mohammed bin Salman continued to bring him back to the kingdom and even sent him private messages, including one that read: “We shall certainly reach you”.
Less than two weeks following the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Tiger Squad reached Canada to kill the former Saudi intelligence official. The lawsuit claims that the group included a man from the same department as the man accused of dismembering Khashoggi. The group also carried two bags of forensic tools.
The complaint alleges that the men tried to enter Canada through separate “kiosks”, but the Canadian authorities got suspicious and denied them entry upon interviewing them.
The crown prince has been accused by Saad Aljabri for attempting extrajudicial killing in violation of the US Torture Victim Protection Act and in breach of international law.
Canadian Federal Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said the government was “aware of incidents in which foreign actors have attempted to monitor, intimidate or threaten Canadians and those living in Canada.”
“It is completely unacceptable and we will never tolerate foreign actors threatening Canada’s national security or the safety of our citizens and residents. Canadians can be confident that our security agencies have the skills and resources necessary to detect, investigate and respond to such threats,” he said. “We will always take the necessary action to keep Canadians and those on Canadian soil safe and we invite people to report any such threats to law enforcement authorities.”
Saad Aljabri’s son Khalid Aljabri, who is also living in exile in Canada, wrote in a tweet that his family had “no choice but to seek justice and accountability in a US federal court” after “exhausting every avenue for a peaceful remedy”.
While Saad Aljabri’s lawsuit provided little evidence to support its charges, his family has separately alleged that Aljabri’s two adult children Sarah and Omar have been arrested and detained by the Saudi authorities without any charges. The family hasn’t heard from the both the children since March.
Saad Aljabri’s accusations come just weeks after media reported that another Saudi living in exile in Canada – Omar Abdulaziz, who was also a close confidante of Jamal Khashoggi – was warned by Canada that he must take precautionary measures to protect himself as he was a “potential target” of Saudi.
Some media reports have also alleged that Mohammed bin Salman wanted Aljabri to return to Saudi because of unspecified corruption allegations involving his work with the former interior minister, Mohammed bin Nayef. However, the family has denied all such allegations.
The summons, which named 12 more people apart from the crown prince, read: “If you fail to respond, judgment by default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint”.
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