Saudi Arabia Intimidates Saad Aljabri by Detaining Another Relative

Saudi Arabia Intimidates Saad Aljabri by Detaining Another Relative 

Saudi Arabian authorities have detained former Saudi intelligence officer Saad Aljabri’s another relative after already having his two adult children and brother in custody unlawfully.

Earlier this month, Saad accused the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), of sending troops to Canada for his execution. The allegations also included corruption charges and mentioned the involvement of a team of personal mercenaries Tiger Squad in journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.

Saad Aljabri, who was a close aide to former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef – whom MbS replaced as heir to the throne in a 2017 palace coup – had access to sensitive information that could compromise MbS’ position to the throne.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Saad Aljabri’s son Khalid Aljabri revealed that his brother-in-law Salem Almuzaini had disappeared on Monday. He held the Saudi authorities responsible for Salem’s arrest, saying the “arrest is an obvious attempt to intimidate and blackmail my father, Dr. Saad Aljabri.”

“My father filed a lawsuit this month against MBS and two dozen others in US District Court in response to their thwarted efforts to assassinate my father and terrorise my family. Salem’s arrest is a blatant attempt by MBS to interfere with the US judicial process,” Khalid’s statement read.

Khalid alleged that Salem’s arrest was a “blatant attempt by MbS to interfere with the US judicial process”. Earlier this month, MbS was issued a summons by the US District Court for the District of Columbia for the charges imposed by Saad Aljabri.

Khalid also revealed that his brother-in-law Salem, in 2017, had been renditioned from the UAE to Saudi, but was released in January 2018 after his savings were seized and he was placed under a travel ban.

The Crown Prince’s obsession of being the most powerful ruler is becoming harmful for the kingdom itself. Saudi Arabia is infamous for unlawful detentions, human rights violations and brutal killings. The country is far from achieving its Vision 2030 as the economy slowed due to the depressing oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of saving the declining economy, MbS is trying to save his eventual succession as the king.

Khalid has urged for the release of his brother-in-law and his siblings Sarah and Omar, who “have been held incommunicado in Saudi since March because our father rebuffed MBS’s demands that he return to The Kingdom”.

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