Ex-top Saudi counter-terrorism chief faces fresh assassination threat

Former top Saudi counter-terrorism chief ‘faces fresh assassination threat in Canada by agents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’

  • Protection reportedly increased over Saad Aljabri in face of feared new assassination attempt
  • The former Saudi counter-terrorism official has filed a federal lawsuit in the US
  • He claims Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tried to have him killed in the US and Canada
  • Aljabi also claims two of his children were detained to force him back
  • The Saudi government issued extradition requests and Interpol notices on him 

Canadian security services have allegedly increased their protection over a former top Saudi counter-terrorism official after being alerted to a new assassination attempt.

The Globe and Mail were told that Canadian security agencies were recently alerted to a new attempt to assassinate Saad Aljabri.

Aljabri recently filed a federal lawsuit against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, alleging the royal tried to trap and kill him in the U.S. and Canada.

This lawsuit is the latest attempt by former intelligence officer Saad Aljabri to put pressure on the crown prince who has spent years in exile abroad.

Former intelligence officer Saad Aljabri (right) filed a federal lawsuit against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, alleging the royal tried to trap and kill him in the U.S. and Canada. Pictured left: Saad’s daughter Sarah who he claims has been detained by Saudi officials to lure him back to the kingdom

Filed on Thursday, the lawsuit alleges that the crown prince had two of Aljabri’s children, Sarah and Omar, detained to try and force him back to the kingdom. 

Saudi Arabia’s attempts to forcibly return some of its citizens received global attention after Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey.

The crown prince denies he had any knowledge of the operation, but Western intelligence agencies and the U.S. Senate have declared the prince ultimately responsible for Khashoggi’s killing. 

Aljabri’s lawsuit claims a ‘kill team’ was dispatched for him in Canada just two weeks after the same squad killed Khashoggi in October 2018 but that the effort was thwarted by Canadian border security officials.

The Saudi government has not officially commented on Aljabri but has issued extradition requests and Interpol notices.

Aljabri also alleges that the crown prince (pictured) continues to try and have him killed even now

Saudi officials told the Wall Street Journal that Aljabri is wanted for corruption involving billions of dollars during his time at the interior ministry. 

The US state department has called on Saudi Arabia to immediately release Aljabri’s children.

Khalid Aljabri, Saad’s son, released a statement which said: ‘After exhausting every single avenue for a peaceful remedy, we were left with no other choice but to seek justice and accountability in a U.S. federal court.’

Saad Aljabri left Saudi Arabia when Prince Mohammed bin Nayef fell from power and was stripped of his authority by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose father is king. 

Prince Nayef was detained in March and it is believed this is when Aljabri’s children were allegedly also detained. 

Saad Aljabri stands next to one of his son’s, Omar, who Saad claims has also been detained under order of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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