Mohammed bin Salman: the Saudi crown prince has already spoken of the murder of the former monarch, according to the former security chief

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Mohammed bin Salman: the Saudi crown prince has already spoken of the murder of the former monarch, according to the former security chief


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman once bragged about being able to kill then King Abdullah, a former senior security official said.

Saad al-Jabri, who lives in exile in Canada, used an interview with American media to try to pressure the 36-year-old crown prince while two of his adult children are still being held in Saudi Arabia.

In an interview on CBS News’ 60 Minutes, the former Saudi security official claimed that Prince Mohammed spoke about the murder of the late king in 2014.

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The King of Saudi Arabia, followed by Prince Philip, inspects a guard of honor at Horse Guards, London, October 30, 2007

At the time, Prince Mohammed did not hold any leadership position in government, but served as the guardian of the royal court of his father, who at the time was heir to the throne.

King Salman ascended to the throne in January 2015 after the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah, of natural causes.

Mr. al-Jabri, who has helped oversee joint counterterrorism efforts with the United States, also warned Prince Mohammed that he recorded a video that reveals even more royal secrets – as well as those of the United States.

He showed a short, silent clip to 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley before adding that the full video could be shown if he was killed.

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Mr al-Jabri’s allegations are the latest attempt to put pressure on Prince Mohammed, as his children are said to be used as pawns to force him back to the country.

If he returns, Mr. al-Jabri risks being imprisoned or under house arrest like his former boss, the former interior minister, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was ousted from the line of succession by the current Crown Prince in 2017.

Mr. al-Jabri, 62, says the crown prince will not rest until “he sees me dead” because “he fears my information.”

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

He described Prince Mohammed as “a psychopath, a killer”.

The crown prince sparked a global outcry after it emerged that assistants working for him had killed Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi consulate in Turkey in October 2018.

After tapes from inside the consulate were leaked by Turkish authorities, the Saudis claimed it was an effort to forcefully bring M. Khashoggi in the country, and that it turned out badly.

The crown prince has denied any knowledge of the operation, despite an assessment of American intelligence on the contrary.

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Former Saudi intelligence official Saad al-Jabri (right) sits with his daughter Sarah al-Jabri during a visit to schools around Boston

Mr. al-Jabri claimed that during a meeting in 2014 with Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was then chief of intelligence as interior minister, the much younger Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said he could kill King Abdullah to make way for his father’s rise to power. throne.

“He said to him, ‘I want to assassinate King Abdullah. I received a poison ring from Russia. I just need to shake his hand and he will be done, “” al-Jabri said, saying the Saudi secret service took the threat seriously.

The former security adviser said the issue was being dealt with within the royal family, but a video recording of that meeting still exists.

Former Saudi intelligence official Saad al-Jabri (right) poses with his son Omar al-Jabri during a visit to schools around Boston, U.S., in this photo taken in the fall of 2016. Khalid al-Jabri / Handout via REUTERS.  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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Former Saudi intelligence official Saad al-Jabri (right) poses with his son Omar al-Jabri during a visit to schools around Boston

The Saudi government told the US broadcaster that Mr. al-Jabri is “a discredited former public servant with a long history of fabricating and creating distractions to cover up the financial crimes he has committed.”

The government has issued extradition requests and Interpol notices for Mr. al-Jabri, alleging he is wanted for corruption.

Mr. al-Jabri claims that his wealth comes from the generosity of the kings he served.

While this is not the first time that Mr. al-Jabri has tried to pressure the crown prince, it is his first recorded interview since his son Omar al-Jabri, 23, and his daughter Sarah al. -Jabri, 21, were arrested. in March 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A son-in-law was reportedly abducted in a third country, forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia, tortured and detained.

Human Rights Watch says the arrest of family members is an apparent effort to force Mr. al-Jabri to return to Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi court sentenced his son and daughter to nine and six and a half years in prison, respectively, for money laundering and illegal attempting to flee Saudi Arabia, according to the human rights group.

An appeals court reportedly upheld the prison sentence in May, without informing the family.

Sky News has contacted the Saudi government for comment.

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