Saudi Crown Prince refuses to send deadly squad to Canada

Saudi Crown Prince refuses to send deadly squad to Canada
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has refused to send a deadly squad to kill a former intelligence officer in exile.

In a lawsuit filed in a US court, Saad al-Jabari claimed he was tried for murder in Canada. Al-Jabari left Saudi and fled three years ago.

He says that Mohammed bin Salman wants to kill him because he has a lot of information.

At the same time, 35-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, considered the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, says Saad al-Jabari wants to hide his crimes.

The Crown Prince has stated that he is the head of one country, in such a case cannot be prosecuted in any other country.

Al-Jabari, however, has accused the Crown Prince under the Alien Tort Law and the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991. Under these laws, foreign nationals residing in the US can approach the US court for alleged human rights abuses.

Lawyers for the Crown Prince say that al-Jabari's plea is "full of drama and presenting the Saudi Crown Prince as if it were Shakespeare's greatest villain."

He taunted that "this petition written keeping in mind the merits of literature is legally weak".

The 61-year-old al-Jabari has served as an important link between Saudi Arabia and Britain's MI-6 and foreign intelligence agencies for years.

The 106-page petition was filed in a US court in Washington in August this year. It states that Mohammed bin Salman wants to kill al-Jabari because he has so much information.

According to the petition, it mentions the alleged corruption and surveillance of a lethal team called the Tiger Squad, a squad of hired people.

According to the petition, in the year 2018, people from the same Tiger Squad were involved in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoji within the Saudi Consulate in Turkey.

Al-Jabari says he fled to Canada in 2017, after which several times the Saudi Crown Prince made several attempts to recall him.

He alleged that two weeks before the assassination of Jamal Khashoji, some people from the Tiger Squad had come to Canada and intended to kill him.

The petition stated that this team had two forensic bags and one person in the team belonged to the department which is accused of tearing the body of Khashoji.

However, agents engaged in Canadian border security say they "doubted" these people and did not let them enter the country after talking to them.

In the latest documents filed in court, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has stated that Saad al-Jabari wants to hide his crimes.

Al-Jabari has been accused of spending or embezzling $ 11 billion from government funds by him and his associates. Al-Jabari has denied the allegations against him.

According to the documents, "The flaws in this complaint are so clear that it can be called an attempt by the petitioner to divert attention from his crime."

"The Crown Prince is the son and heir of the country's Emperor. The Saudi Shah and he holds the supreme office of the country's government. He is granted immunity because of his position and cannot be prosecuted in US courts."

For years, al-Jabari has been considered the right-hand man of Prince Mohammed bin Naif. The prince goes to Nephé to deal with the crisis created by al-Qaeda in the 2000s and defeat the group.

He was instrumental in Saudi Arabia's relationships with intelligence agencies in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Al-Jabari grew rapidly in the Saudi government and became a cabinet minister. In the Ministry of Home Affairs, he served in the rank of Major General. But everything changed for him after the death of Shah Abdullah in 2015.

Shah Abdullah's half-brother Salman took power and made his son Mohammed bin Salman the defense minister.

In 2017, with the permission of his father, Mohammed bin Salman led a rebellion in the royal palace. Subsequently, he himself became Crown Prince in place of Prince Mohammed bin Naif, the heir to the royal throne.

Those who worked with Shah Abdullah were removed from their posts. Meanwhile, al-Jabari fled from Saudi Arabia to Canada.

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