A former Saudi official has claimed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had deployed a team to assassinate him in Canada. (File Photo – Alexei Nikolsky | Sputnik | Kremlin via Reuters)
Saad Aljabri, the number two in Saudi Intelligence, fled to Canada, after finding himself on the wrong side of Prince Salman’s coup in 2017.
Speaking during an interview with CBS News, Aljabri, said Prince Salman seized power behind the back of Mohammed bin Nayef, then-heir to the throne.
According to Aljabri, a six person team landed at the Ottawa Airport in mid-October 2018.
He went on to claim that the members of the team lied to customs about knowing one another and they carried suspicious equipment for DNA analysis. The team was deported.
Canada seems to confirm at least part of this story, according to CBS, which quoted official sources as saying “we are aware of incidents in which foreign actors have attempted to… threaten… those living in Canada. It is completely unacceptable.”
In other parts of the interview, Aljabri claimed that Prince Salman suggested using a “poison ring” to kill the late King Abdullah in 2014, in a bid to clear the throne for his father.
Abdullah passed away in 2015 at the age of 90 and was succeeded by Salman, the father of Mohammed bin Salman.
Salman named Mohammed bin Nayef, the former interior minister of Saudi, as a crown prince but was replaced by Mohammed bin Salman as the heir to the throne in 2017.
He was reportedly put under house arrested on unspecified charges after being sidelined as the country’s minister interior.