Over the last three years, Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has made several attempts of silencing a former top intelligence official and a permanent resident of Canada. Saad Aljabri, a 39-year veteran of the government of Saudi Arabia, is reportedly said to know much about bin Salman including his allegedly corrupt business dealings and the creation of a team of personal mercenaries called the Tiger Squad.
Aljabri filed a civil suit Thursday in court in the United States, affirming that bin Salman wanted to kill him because he had more sensitive, humiliating, and damning information about the defendant, which could damage his power. The suit further states Bin Salman now plans to send agents directly through the United States to enter Canada and eliminate him as well as kidnap his family members.
Bin Salman took power in Saudi Arabia after then-crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef was thrown out in 2017. According to the suit, Tiger Squad members arrived at Toronto Pearson Airport on tourist visas in mid-October 2018, days after Khashoggi was murdered. Bin Salman dispatched a hit squad to North America to kill Dr. Saad. The lawsuit also claims those mercenaries, were behind the killing and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey in 2018.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair would not comment on the specific allegations in the lawsuit. Nevertheless, he said the government was aware of incidents in which foreign actors had tried to monitor, intimidate, or threaten Canadians and people in Canada. Besides, Blair said it was completely offensive, and they would never endure foreign actors threatening Canada’s national security or the safety of their citizens and residents. He asked the residents to report any such threats to law enforcement authorities.