Saad al-Jabri, a former senior Saudi intelligence official, said that the Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had suggested using a “poisoned ring” to assassinate the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
Al-Jabri added that Mohammed bin Salman told his cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, during an interview in 2014, and that he would like to do so in order to redeem the throne for his father.
This came during statements made by Al-Jabri in an interview with the American “CBS News” network, in which he also accused Mohammed bin Salman of plotting to assassinate him.
Al-Jabri is a former Saudi intelligence official who was close to the former crown prince, Muhammad bin Nayef, and has been in exile for more than 3 years under special security protection.
The Saudi embassy in Washington said in a statement, in response to questions from the 60 Minutes program, that Saad Al-Jabri is a “discredited” former government official with a long history of “fabrication” and creating distractions to cover up financial crimes.
The former Saudi official said that the crown prince sent a team of mercenaries to assassinate him while he was in exile in Canada.
Jabri said, during an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” program, that he was targeted after fleeing the country following the Crown Prince’s seizure of power in 2017.
He said that one of his friends warned him that he might face a fate similar to that of the Saudi dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who investigations said was killed by an assassination team linked to Riyadh after his visit to the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey in 2018.
In response to a question asking him whether Mohammed bin Salman fears him, Al-Jabri said, “He is afraid of my information.” According to the interview published by CBS News on its website, Al-Jabri told them that his information included a meeting that took place in 2014 between Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the then intelligence chief. Mohammed bin Nayef, and that was three years before bin Salman took power.
In that meeting, al-Jabri said, the young prince bragged that he could “kill the king,” the ruler, Abdullah, to redeem the throne for his father. “He said I want to assassinate King Abdullah. I got a poisoned ring from Russia. It is enough for me to shake hands with him and it will be over,” Jabri added. .
Al-Jabri added that the matter was dealt with within the ruling family, and that there is a video clip of this meeting, and that this threat to assassinate the king was filmed secretly, and there are two copies of this clip whose location is known.
“I expect to be killed one day because this man will not rest until he sees me dead,” al-Jabri said.
Al-Jabri added to the program: “The warning I received was not to approach any Saudi mission in Canada. Not to go to the consulate, not to go to the embassy … You are at the top of the list.”
He added that the team members arrived in Canada in October 2018, and the Canadian authorities denied them entry to the country when they lied to customs officials, and suspicious items were found with them.
Canadian officials told “60 Minutes” that they were “aware of incidents in which foreign actors … attempted to threaten … those living in Canada” and described the threats as “completely unacceptable.”
Al-Jabri said that the group was made up of members of a team named “Tiger Team” in investigations, a shadow team of hired killers formed by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who specialize in “extrajudicial killings, rape and torture,” according to a lawsuit filed by the former intelligence official in year 2019.
He said the team represented part of the crown prince’s autocratic behavior pattern, once hailed as a reformer, but “ruthlessly eradicating opponents since he became crown prince.”
Al-Jabri also said that the Saudi authorities detained two of his eight sons in retaliation for him after he fled the kingdom.
“Here I am sounding the alarm about a psychopath, a killer, in the Middle East with countless resources, who poses a danger to his people, Americans and the planet,” he added.
Who is algebra?
Al-Jabri was for years the right-hand man of Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, the former crown prince, who was held in high esteem by the West for his contribution to the suppression of al-Qaeda in the kingdom in the last decade of the last century. It was the link between Saudi intelligence and the American, British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand intelligence services.
Al-Jabri is a quiet man who holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. Al-Jabri rose in government positions until he reached the position of a member of the Council of Ministers, and attained the rank of major general in the Ministry of Interior.
But in 2015 everything changed with the death of King Abdullah, the half-brother of King Salman, who took the throne after him and pushed his son Muhammad to the post of defense minister.
Two years later, Mohammed bin Salman carried out what some called a bloodless “coup” inside the palace, with the blessing of his father, in order to be able to remove the Crown Prince at the time, Mohammed bin Nayef, and took office to become the second heir to the throne after his father, the king.
Bin Nayef has so far remained in detention and his property has been confiscated. Those who worked with him in the Ministry of Interior were dismissed from their positions. Then Saad al-Jabri fled to Canada.
In response to Saudi accusations of corruption, and the theft of up to $ 500 million from the counter-terrorism budget, Jabri answered a question about the source of his wealth, saying: “You know, I served the monarchy closely for two decades. Three kings and four crown princes. They were nice to me, they were Very generous. It’s a tradition in the Saudi royal family. They take care of the people around them.”
According to a Saudi lawsuit against al-Jabri, a Canadian judge said there was “compelling evidence of fraud.” Accordingly, a decision was issued to freeze his assets while the case is moving forward.
The Saudi government refused to give an interview, but said in a statement issued by the Saudi embassy in Washington in response to questions from the 60 Minutes program: “Saad al-Jabri is a discredited former government official with a long history of fabrication and creating distractions to cover up the financial crimes he committed, amounting to up to Billions of dollars to provide a luxurious lifestyle for him and his family.
The statement added: “The reforms led by the Crown Prince put an end to this kind of gross corruption. Today, the nation’s revenues are used to fund unprecedented economic and social development, invest in technology, contribute to diversifying the economy, empower youth and women, and build a nation where tolerance, moderation, innovation and entrepreneurship prevail. This is in contrast to what al-Jabri was looking for when he committed his crimes.”