- Besides the Crown Prince, the lawsuit targets other Saudi officials.
- In a statement, the Canadian government said it could not comment on the specific allegations, but also did not deny them.
- Khalid Aljabri, son of Saad Aljabri, wrote on Twitter on Thursday that his family “had no choice but to seek justice and accountability in a US federal court.”
A former Saudi secret service agent has accused the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, of conspiring to try to kill him. Saad Aljabri, who has close ties to Western secret services, claimed in a lawsuit in the U.S. that one such attempt was thwarted by Canadian agents in 2018.
Besides the Crown Prince, the lawsuit targets other Saudi officials. In it, Aljabri states that the Saudi state has launched a campaign against him for considering him a threat to Salman’s relationship with the United States and his eventual accession to the throne.
The complaint includes several unverified details of an alleged plan against Aljabri, including the allegation that a team of Saudi killers was sent to Canada to kidnap him two weeks after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, who was very critical of the Saudi regime.
Aljabri is praised by former American and British colleagues for his role in keeping Westerners safe from the threat of al-Qaeda. The Crown Prince sent “explicit death threats” to Aljabri, and frequently used WhatsApp, the law suit adds.
According to the complaint, the murderers belong to a death squad, which in turn is part of Salman’s personal gang of mercenaries. They reportedly attempted to enter Canada on tourist visas on October 15, 2018 (or around that date) with “the intention to kill” Aljabri.
In a statement, the Canadian government said it could not comment on the specific allegations, but also did not deny them.
Bill Blair, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety, told VICE News that while he “cannot comment on specific allegations currently before the courts,” he is “aware of incidents in which foreign actors have attempted to monitor, intimidate or threaten Canadians and those living in Canada.” Blair added:
“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.”
Khalid Aljabri, son of Saad Aljabri, wrote on Twitter on Thursday that his family “had no choice but to seek justice and accountability in a US federal court” after “exhausting all avenues for a peaceful solution”.
Separately, the family claims that Sarah and Omar, also sons of Saad, were arrested without charge in Saudi Arabia and that they have not heard from them since March.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered on October 2, 2018, after he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect the necessary documents for his wedding to his Turkish bride. Turkish authorities investigating the case revealed that the body had been dismembered with a saw and dissolved in acid at the consulate’s premises.