Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a team of hits to North America to murder a rival's top spy after taking his children and brother hostage because he knew secrets about the young king's brutal palace coup that killed him Power brought, a new lawsuit alleged.
Saad Aljabri, who once held a cabinet-level secret service under deposed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, has been in exile in Toronto since Toronto, since bin Salman, also known as MBS, ruthlessly took power in 2017 and de facto became the ruler of the desert Kingdom.
Aljabri filed a lawsuit with the District of Columbia District Court on Wednesday, stating that "there is practically nobody the defendant bin Salman wants to see dead" more than him.
The lawsuit mentions MBS and other senior members of the Saudi government.
Saad Aljabri (left), who once held a cabinet-level secret service under deposed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, has been in exile in Toronto since Mohammed bin Salman (right), also known as MBS, ruthlessly took power in 2017 and became the de- facto ruler of the desert realm. Aljabri claims that bin Salman wants to see him dead
Aljabri claims that the Saudi government kidnapped his two adult children – son Omar (21) and daughter Sarah (left of her father) (20) – to lure him back into the country
Aljabri can be seen in this undated file photo with his son Omar, whom he and his sister have not heard of since March
Last month, a bipartisan group of four United States senators urged President Trump to seek the release of Aljabri's two children. Sarah Aljabri can be seen in the photo of the file above
DailyMail.com asked the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC for a comment.
Aljabri is a former top adjutant to Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was replaced in 2017 by MBS, the kingdom's de facto ruler, as heir to the throne.
Prince Nayef and Prince Ahmed – King Salman's brother – were also arrested by the authorities in March. You were charged with treason.
They are part of a wave of royals arrested in recent months as MBS eliminates potential rivals to accumulate power not seen by previous rulers.
Aljabri, who moved to Canada with six of his children, is known to have ties to senior US government officials and is considered a "long-standing trusted partner of senior US intelligence officials".
According to the 100-page court file, Aljabri is a marked man in Riyadh because "he is uniquely positioned to existentially threaten the reputation of the defendant bin Salman with the US government."
The alleged conspiracy to assassinate Aljabri commemorates the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, a former Saudi regime insider who became a critic of MBS when he wrote columns for the Washington Post.
Khashoggi, who lives in the United States, visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 to receive marriage certificates. It is believed that his body was dismembered and removed.
His remains were never recovered.
The CIA believes that Khashoggi's murder was ordered by MBS.
Aljabri alleges that one of the reasons MBS wants him to be dead is because he has provided the CIA with information indicating that the Crown Prince is responsible for Khashoggi's death.
The murder caused a worldwide turmoil and tarnished the crown prince's image.
The alleged conspiracy to have Alyabri murdered was foiled less than two weeks after a Saudi Post-Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi (see February 2015 above) was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. The CIA believes that MBS has ordered the murder of Khashoggi
Aljabri was considered a close ally of the former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (see above in March 2016), who was heir to the throne before MBS staged a palace coup in 2017 with the support of the Trump administration. The Saudi King Salman can be seen on the right
Some western governments and the CIA said they believed he ordered the murder.
Saudi officials said he didn't matter, although MBS stated some personal accountability in September and said, "It happened under my watch."
In December last year, Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death and three to prison terms for killing Khashoggi. However, a United Nations investigator accused him of ridiculing the judiciary by allowing the masterminds of last year's murder to be released.
According to the lawsuit, MBS sent a team of agents to the United States to locate Aljabri.
The agents managed to locate Aljabri's location by implanting malware on his phone.
Less than two weeks after the killing of Khashoggi, a "mercenary personal group" known as "Tiger Squad" traveled to Canada to kill Aljabri.
The members of the "Tiger Squad" carried "two bags with forensic tools".
They also had "forensic staff experienced in crime scene cleaning – including an instruction in the exact same criminal evidence department as the forensic specialist who dismembered Khashoggi with a bone saw".
The lawsuit alleges that the team tried to covertly enter Canada on tourist visas.
They tried to enter the country individually while trying to avert the discovery of Canadian border security by entering through separate kiosks.
"When they approached the kiosks, the Tiger Squad suspects raised Canadian border guards to ask if they knew each other," the lawsuit said.
They lied and said they didn't. Based on information and beliefs, Canadian officials quickly found a photo of some Tiger Squad defendants during the secondary screening to reveal their lies and frustrate their mission. "
Who is the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?
The Crown Prince – simply known as MBS – (pictured at a conference in Riyadh in October) has been greeted by the West for his liberal reforms, but the murder of Jamal Khashoggi has severely tarnished his reputation
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is known in Saudi Arabia as the real power behind the throne.
His father, King Salman, was appointed ruler in 2015, and his son has a lot of influence over how the country rules.
He received praise from western leaders after introducing some moderate reforms – women in Saudi Arabia were able to drive and introduce cinemas to the country for the first time.
The Crown Prince – simply known as the MBS – also ruled in the country's violent and ultra-conservative religious police force.
Executives like Theresa May and Donald Trump rolled out the red carpet for him during his lavish visits.
But the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi has seriously damaged his reputation.
MBS was accused of ordering the journalist to be murdered, and the murder prompted the demand to replace him as crown prince.
While the Saudi authorities have publicly insisted that the prince has no blood on his hands and has not ordered the killing, his reputation is severely tarnished.
He also led the Saudi war in Yemen, where the kingdom was accused of violating the international human rights law and causing millions to starve.
And questions have been raised about how ruthlessly he will crush the opposition after detaining Saudi kings at the country's five-star Ritz hotel last year.
He said he locked her in a massive anti-corruption drive.
But his critics said the move was an opportunity for MBS to clean up its political rivals.
According to the lawsuit, MBS remains determined to "eliminate … once and for all" Aljabri.
The Saudi ruler "now plans to" send agents "overland to the United States directly to Canada," the lawsuit said.
MBS is said to have received the blessing of Saudi religious authorities who issued a fatwa or Islamic edict demanding the death of Alyabri.
While MBS is said to have planned to assassinate Aljabri, its government has also reportedly used secret diplomatic channels to pressure the Canadian government to extradite Aljabri.
According to The Globe and Mail, the Saudis tried to arrest Aljabri by issuing a "red message" through Interpol, the international law enforcement organization, in late 2017.
When that didn't work, the Saudis urged the Canadian government in Ottawa to deliver Aljabri last fall.
Canada has no extradition treaty with the Saudi regime.
In 2018, a Saudi delegation visiting Canada asked the government to hand it over. At the time, however, it was not known that Aljabri had applied for asylum in Canada.
Perhaps the most shocking allegation in the lawsuit concerns Aljabris two children who are said to have been "seized" by the Saudi government to lure (their father) back to the kingdom.
Aljabri is believed to be a close ally of US intelligence agencies whose aid saved American lives after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Last month, four U.S. senators called on President Trump to free the two imprisoned children from Jabri.
Two adult children and a brother of Saad Aljabri, who is said to hold important state secrets, were arrested in Riyadh in March. A family-related source reported AFP that they were victims of a “Saudi throne game”.
Aljabri, who has been identified by Western officials as crucial to the Kingdom's fight against Al Qaeda, had previously tried to get his children to leave Saudi Arabia, but the authorities had banned them from travel, the source said .
"We are writing to express our urgent concern about the kidnapping of two children of a close ally and friend of the United States, Dr. Saad Aljabri, in Saudi Arabia," said Democratic Senators Patrick Leahy, Tim Kaine and Chris Van Hollen , together with Republican Senator Marco Rubio in a joint letter to Trump.
“The Saudi government is believed to use the children as a lever to force their father's return to the Kingdom from Canada, where he currently lives.
"We believe that the United States has a moral obligation to do everything possible to ensure the freedom of its children. We urge you to address this issue to senior Saudi officials and to the immediate release of Dr. Pushing Aljabris children, ”said the letter published by Leahy on Twitter.
The Saudi authorities have so far not commented publicly on the case.
The source near the Aljabris said the whereabouts of the children – Sarah and Omar, who were in their early 20s – were unknown and the family's repeated appeals to Saudi rulers remained unanswered.
Saad Aljabri's brother Abdulrahman was also arrested in May.
The source of the Aljabri family said the two children were involved in the dangerous power games and were being used as "farmers".
MBS, which has been the subject of repeated allegations of human rights violations, is a close ally of Trump.
In their letter, the senators urged Trump to help Alyabri, describing him as a "highly valued partner" of American intelligence agencies.
"As a leading intelligence officer in Saudi Arabia, former CIA officials blamed Dr. Aljabri for saving thousands of American lives by discovering and preventing terrorist attacks," the letter said.
"His development of a modern forensic system in Saudi Arabia has reportedly contributed to significantly restricting terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda."
The murder of Jamal Khashoggi: key moments surrounding the disappearance and death of the writer
The Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote critically about the policies of the kingdom and the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. According to Turkish officials, a team of 15 tortured, killed, and dismembered the writer, while Saudi Arabia says he died in a fistfight.
Here are some key moments in the murder of the Washington Post columnist:
Before his disappearance
September 2017: The post publishes the first column of Khashoggi in its newspaper, in which the former royal court insider and longtime journalist writes that he should go into self-imposed exile in the United States because of Prince Mohammed's rise. His subsequent columns criticize the prince and the direction of the kingdom.
September 28, 2018: Over a year after the Post published its first column, Khashoggi visits the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and looks for documents to get married. He is due to return later on October 2, says his fiancee Hatice Cengiz. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that a plan or "roadmap" to kill Khashoggi was being drawn up in Saudi Arabia during this time.
September 29: Khashoggi travels to London and speaks at a conference.
October 1: Khashoggi returns to Istanbul. Around 4:30 p.m., a three-person Saudi team arrives in Istanbul on a scheduled flight, checks in at their hotels and, according to Erdogan, visits the consulate. The Turkish president says another group of consulate officials is traveling on a reconnaissance trip to a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul and the nearby city of Yalova.
Jamal Khashoggi (right) arrives at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2
The day of its disappearance
3.28 a.m., October 2: A private jet arrives at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul and carries some members of the Turkish media known as the 15-strong Saudi "homicide squad". Other members of the team arrive in the afternoon with two commercial flights. Erdogan says the team includes Saudi security and intelligence officials and a forensic expert. They meet in the Saudi consulate. One of the first things they do is dismantle a hard drive attached to the consulate's camera system, the president says.
11.50 a.m .: Khashoggi is due to confirm his appointment as consulate later in the day, Erdogan says.
1:14 p.m .: Surveillance material that was later released to the Turkish media shows Khashoggi entering the main entrance to the Saudi consulate. No published footage ever shows him leaving. His fiancee waits outside and paces for hours.
15.77 p.m .: The surveillance material shows vehicles with diplomatic number plates that leave the Saudi consulate and drive to the Consul General's house, about 2 kilometers away.
5.50 p.m .: According to Erdogan, Khashoggi's fiance warns the authorities and says that he may have been violently detained in the consulate or that something bad happened to him.
19 o'clock: A private plane from Saudi Arabia transports six members of the alleged Saudi team from Istanbul to Cairo and returns to Riyadh the next day.
23 o'clock: Seven members of the alleged Saudi team fly another private jet to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which returns to Riyadh the next day. Two others depart commercially.
Erdogan confirms reports that a "body double" – a man wearing Khashoggi's clothing, glasses, and beard – leaves the consulate building with another person later on the day on a scheduled flight to Riyadh.
CCTV images showed a private jet allegedly used by a group of Saudi men suspected of being involved in the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
October 3: Khashoggi's fiancé and the post go public with his disappearance. According to Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi visited the consulate and left shortly thereafter. Turkish officials suggest that Khashoggi may still be in the consulate. Prince Mohammed says to Bloomberg: "We have nothing to hide."
4th of October: Saudi Arabia says in its state news agency that the consulate is "following up and coordinating with Turkish local authorities to uncover the circumstances surrounding Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance after leaving the consulate building".
5th October: In solidarity with Khashoggi, Swiss Post prints an empty column in its newspaper with the heading: "A missing voice."
October 6: The post, citing anonymous Turkish officials, reports that Khashoggi may have been killed in a “pre-planned murder” of a Saudi team at the consulate.
October 7th: A friend of Khashoggi's told the AP that officials told him the writer was killed in the consulate. The consulate rejects so-called "unfounded accusations".
8th October: Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Turkey is being called for Khashoggi's disappearance and alleged murder.
9th October: Turkey says it will search the Saudi consulate to see Khashoggi in the diplomatic post.
October 10th: Surveillance material from Khashoggi and the suspected Saudi squad that killed him has leaked. Khashoggi's fiancee asks President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for help.
October 11th: Turkish media describe the Saudi troops as royal guards, intelligence officers, soldiers and an autopsy expert. Trump calls Khashoggi's disappearance a "bad situation" and promises to get to the bottom of it.
October 12th: Trump promises to find out again what happened to Khashoggi.
October 13: A pro-government newspaper reports that Turkish officials have an audio recording of Khashoggi's alleged murder of his Apple Watch, but details in the report come into question.
October 14: Trump says that if Saudi Arabia is involved, "we will get to the bottom of this and there will be severe penalties." The kingdom is reacting violently to those who threaten it, as the manager of a Saudi satellite news channel suggests that the country could reciprocate through its oil exports. At one point, the Saudi stock exchange falls by up to 7 percent.
Khashoggi (photo) was missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
15th October: A Turkish forensic team enters and searches the Saudi consulate. An extraordinary development, since such diplomatic posts are considered sovereign soil. Trump, after calling Saudi King Salman, suggests that "rogue killers" may have been responsible for Khashoggi's alleged murder. Trump says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to the Middle East over the case. In the meantime, business leaders say they will not attend an economic summit in the Kingdom that Prince Mohammed invented.
October, 16th: A senior Turkish official informs the AP that "certain evidence" has been found in the Saudi consulate to prove that Khashoggi was killed there. Pompeo comes to Saudi Arabia to meet King Salman and Prince Mohammed. Meanwhile, Trump compares the case to the appointment of Supreme Court Chief Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing and says, "Now we'll go with you again until your innocence is proven."
October 17: Pompeo meets with the Turkish President and Foreign Minister in the Turkish capital Ankara. The Turkish police search the official residence of the Saudi Arabian consul general in Istanbul and conduct a second search of the consulate.
October 18: A leaked surveillance photo shows a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage entering the consulate just before Khashoggi disappeared.
the 20th of October: Saudi Arabia admits for the first time that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate and claims that he was killed in a "fist fight". The allegation is met with immediate skepticism from the kingdom's western allies, particularly in the US Congress.
October 22nd: According to a report, a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage called the king's office four times when Khashoggi was killed. Police raided a Saudi consulate vehicle parked in an underground car park in Istanbul.
CCTV shows a Saudi intelligence officer with a fake beard and Jamal Khashoggi's clothing and glasses on the day he was missing.
23rd October: Erdogan says Saudi officials murdered Khashoggi after planning his death for days and demanded that Saudi Arabia reveal the identity of everyone involved.
October 25: The Saudi Prosecutor's Office Changes Her History Again, Saying Khashoggi's Murder Was a Deliberate Crime.
November 2: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims that the order to kill Khashoggi comes from the highest levels of the Saudi government. The same day, Yasin Aktay, an adviser to the governing party of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said he believed the body must have been dissolved in acid.
November 4: Khashoggi's sons Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi demand the return of his remains so that he can be buried in Saudi Arabia.
November 10: President Erdogan says Turkey has given the audio recordings related to the murder "Saudi Arabia, Washington, the Germans, the French, the British".
November 13th: Turkish media report that the Saudi "hit team" luggage contained scissors, defibrillators and syringes that may have been used against Khashoggi.
15th of November: The Saudi Arabian public prosecutor has announced that he will seek the death penalty for five of the eleven suspects charged with murder. Shalaan al-Shalaan said the person who ordered the murder was the head of the negotiating team sent for return and exonerated Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. On the same day, the US Treasury announced sanctions against 17 Saudi officials, including the Consul General in Turkey, Mohammed Alotaibi.
November 16: A CIA review reported in the Washington Post found that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the attack.
November 18: Germany prohibits 18 Saudi nationals, who are believed to be connected to the murder, from entering the European border-free Schengen zone. Berlin also announces that it has stopped pre-approved arms exports to Saudi Arabia given the impact.
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