The crown prince of Saudi Arabia has been sent to the district court of Washington DC, for allegedly sending a hit squad to Canada in an effort to hunt down and kill a former top intelligence official.
This civil suit was filed on Thursday at a court in the United States. The suit accuses Mohammed bin Salman of orchestrating attempts to silence Dr. Saad Aljabri, a dual citizen of Canada and Saudi Arabia
The crown prince’s hit man squad “Tiger Squad” members arrived at Toronto Pearson Airport on tourist visas in mid-October 2018, less than two weeks after Khashoggi was murdered. Bin Salman in fact dispatched a hit squad to North America to kill Dr. Saad,” the suit asserts.
To cover themselves, they entered through separate kiosks but aroused suspicion after claiming they did not know each other, the suit states. Agents with the Canada Border Services Agency denied all but one of them entry, a squad member traveling on a diplomatic passport,” Dr. Saadsays.
As a pressure tactic Bin Salman has ordered the detention and kidnapping of Aljabri’s family members. Two of his children “disappeared” in mid-March and other relatives have been arrested, detained and tortured. He also says Saudi agents hacked his smartphones and froze his bank accounts.
The lawsuit also names Bader Alasaker, the head of bin Salman’s private office. It accuses him of recruiting, training and bribing U.S.-based employees of Twitter to obtain confidential information about critics of bin Salman in the United States, now subject of criminal proceedings in the U.S.
Aljabri’s American lawyers would not discuss the case, saying they would make arguments in court.
In addition, Aljabri says he had a close working relationship with American intelligence over the decades. he claims, he is uniquely positioned to threaten bin Salman’s standing in Washington.