Grid said (CNN)On Thursday, the former senior intelligence official in Saudi Arabia, who is currently living in exile, Saad Al-Jabri, offered to settle all financial and legal disputes with the authorities in the Kingdom in the event of the release of two of his sons.
The network stated that al-Jabri’s offer came through a recent appeal to the White House. A Saudi court had imprisoned two of al-Jabri’s adult sons, in late 2020, on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to leave the kingdom illegally, charges both deny.
Al-Jabri was a longtime aide to Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, the former crown prince, and for many years remained Muhammad bin Nayef’s closest aide in the Ministry of Interior, including his assistance in reforming the working methods of intelligence and counterterrorism in the kingdom.
In the summer of 2020, Al-Jabri accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a civil case in US federal court of sending agents in 2018 to Canada, where Al-Jabri lives, to kill him.
In January 2021, a group of state-owned companies in Saudi Arabia claimed in a lawsuit filed in Canada that Al-Jabri embezzled billions of dollars from state funds while working at the Ministry of Interior.
The network, quoting several sources, stated that US President Joe Biden and the Saudi crown prince may meet for the first time as soon as next month. The report indicated that the Al-Jabri issue may be on the agenda of the two delegations’ discussions.
The report added that Biden administration officials are in talks with the Saudis about arranging a possible personal meeting while Biden is abroad next month.
The White House said it could not confirm that there were plans to meet Biden and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. On Thursday, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that he discussed the issue of oil production with Saudi Arabia.
Relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia were strained due to Biden’s decisions last year to reduce American support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, and the publication of intelligence information that the Saudi crown prince, the de facto ruler of the kingdom, approved an operation to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in 2018.
The Saudi government has denied any involvement by the crown prince in Khashoggi’s murder.
The journalist, who was based in the United States and wrote opinion columns critical of Mohammed bin Salman for the Washington Post, was killed and dismembered by people connected to the crown prince at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Relations between the United States and the world’s largest oil exporter have also been strained by Biden’s efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which US Gulf allies say does not prevent Tehran from obtaining an atomic bomb.