A top Saudi intelligence official has alleged an assassination squad traveled from Saudi Arabia to Canada to try to kill him just days after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered.
A new legal complaint was filed on Thursday by Dr. Saad Aljabri, in DC District Court.
Aljabri accuses the Kingdom’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, of dispatching the hit team to murder him just over a year after Aljabri fled from Saudi Arabia and he refused repeated efforts by the Crown Prince to lure him back home.
As Aljabri refused to follow orders, he claims the Crown Prince escalated his threats, saying they would use “all available means”. The Crown Prince also barred Aljabri’s children from leaving the country.
Nine months before Aljabri says the Saudi team landed in Canada to kill him, his son Khalid was warned by FBI agents about threats on Aljabri and his family’s lives, according to the complaint.
Khalid had arrived in Boston, and at Logan Airport, he was escorted to a meeting with two FBI agents, the complaint says, where he was purportedly told about bin Salman’s “campaign to hunt Dr. Saad and his family in the United States, and urged them to exercise caution.”
Aljabri in his complaint has named the alleged co-conspirators, including two of the men accused of being behind the Khashoggi operation.
How Dr. Saad Aljabri fled Saudi?
MBS’s chief rival for the crown had been his older cousin Mohammed bin Nayef, known as MBN.
He and Aljabri, his longtime number two, had fostered close relationships with US intelligence officials over years of work together fighting terrorism, particularly against al Qaeda after 9/11.
Aljabri’s commitment and depth of knowledge had impressed US intelligence offers and helped save countless lives, former officials say.
In 2017, MBN was deposed and MBS was made the heir apparent to the throne of his father, King Salman. MBN was placed under house arrest and earlier this year was detained.
Sensing trouble for those close to MBN, his right-hand man, Aljabri, who had already been removed from his post, fled to Turkey in mid-2017, leaving behind two of his children, Sarah and Omar.