A civil suit filed in a US court claims that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, sent a “hit squad” to Canada to kill a former intelligence official.
The 106-page unproven document claims that bin Salman coordinated the attempt to kill Saad Aljabri, a former top intelligence official.
Aljabri, a 39-year veteran who specializes in Saudi Arabia and counter terrorism. The document says that Aljabri had advanced knowledge on bin Salman, including shady business dealings and his role in the creation of the “Tiger Squad,” a group of mercenaries put together by the crown prince.
The suit claims that the mercenaries were responsible for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside of the Saudi consulate in Turkey two years ago.
Khashoggi was a Saudi dissident and was at one time the editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel, a now-defunct news station owned by Saudi prince and entrepreneur Al-Waleed bin Talal.
The revealing document says that Aljabri was seen as a threat by the crown prince due to his relationship with American intelligence agencies.
“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,” said Aljabri. “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.”