Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman allegedly targeted another whistleblower for assassination
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been accused in a U.S. court of attempting to assassinate a former Saudi intelligence official in exile in Canada.
According to Bloomberg, “Saad al-Jabri, a former top official at the Saudi Interior Ministry, alleged in an August 6 complaint that a team of Saudi agents — identified as the "Tiger Squad" — tried to assassinate him in Toronto at the behest of the crown prince on October 15, 2018.”
Michael K. Kellogg, bin Salman's lawyer, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit at a district court in Washington, D.C., saying that the Crown Prince enjoyed legal immunity from prosecution in the United States because of his high ranking office in the government of Saudi Arabia.
Al-Jabri “filed the claim in the US, citing his value to the US government from his time working on counterterrorism projects with President George W. Bush's administration”, Bloomberg said.
However, the Crown Prince’s lawyers said that the claim was misplaced in a U.S. court, and "even taking Aljabri's allegations as true, he does not and cannot allege that the supposed attempt on his life in Canada was caused by any conduct in the United States”, according to court documents.
Bin Salman’s lawyers also allege that al-Jabri stole money from the Saudi government while at the Interior Ministry, accusing him of pocketing $11 billion of a “$19 billion fund set up to combat terrorism in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks”, Bloomberg reported.
"Dr. Saad is uniquely positioned to existentially threaten Defendant bin Salman's standing with the US government," said al-Jabri's lawyers in court documents filed in August.
"That is why Defendant bin Salman wants him dead — and why Defendant bin Salman has worked to achieve that objective over the last three years."
Michael Kellogg said that the Saudi Crown Prince had been served the lawsuit over Whatsapp, which he said violated Saudi law because "Saudi Arabia is also not a party to any international treaties that permit service of process by mail or by WhatsApp."
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos allegedly had his phone hacked after being sent a file by Mohammed bin Salman over Whatsapp in 2018. The Saudi government was reportedly unhappy with Bezos because of reporting by the Washington Post, where murdered journalist Jamal Kashoggi had worked, and which Bezos owns.