A former senior Saudi intelligence official who accused Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of attempting to have him assassinated in 2018 has been placed under increased security after a new threat to his life, a Canadian newspaper reported.
The Globe and Mail said Canadian security services have been informed of a new attempted attack on Saad Aljabri, who lives in an unknown location in the Toronto area.
Aljabri served as head of counterintelligence under rival prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was ousted in 2017 by Prince Mohammed.
The newspaper said its source – someone “with knowledge of the situation” – would not provide further details about the more recent threat from Saudi operatives.
Aljabri is now under the protection of “heavily armed” Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers, as well as private guards, according to the report.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in a Washington court, Aljabri accused Prince Mohammed of sending a strike team to Canada to kill and dismember him in 2018, the same fate as two weeks earlier, dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
Aljabri’s suit said he was wanted dead because he had intimate knowledge of Prince Mohammed’s activities that could undermine the close relationship with the Trump administration in Washington.
Asked to comment on the Globe report, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair’s spokesperson Mary-Liz Power directed a reporter to a previous comment by Blair on the 2018 attempt.
“Although we cannot comment on the specific allegations currently before the courts,” he said at the time, “we are aware of incidents in which foreign actors have attempted to monitor, intimidate or threaten Canadians and people living in Canada.
“This is totally unacceptable and we will never allow foreign actors to threaten Canada’s national security or the safety of our citizens and residents.
Aljabri was already abroad in June 2017 when Prince Mohammed took power, removing Prince Nayef from his duties as crown prince and placing him under house arrest.
After his children in Riyadh were hit with travel restrictions, Aljabri refused pleas to return, fearing for his life, and moved to Canada, where a son lives.
In March, her children in Saudi Arabia were taken away. They have not been heard since.
The lawsuit against Prince Mohammed and several others was filed as a complaint for attempted extrajudicial execution under the Torture Victims Protection Act. Aljabri asked the court for unspecified damages.