A formerly influential secret service general calls the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a “psychopath without empathy”. In a TV interview, Saad Aljabri accuses the heir to the throne of planning murders with a group of mercenaries called the “Tiger Squad”.
Former intelligence general Saad Aljabri has made serious allegations against the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS for short. Aljabri gave an interview to the well-known US investigative program “60 Minutes” on CBS.
The Saudi Crown Prince is “a psychopath without empathy who does not feel any emotions,” he said. Aljabri, called “Dr Saad”, was once one of the most important secret service employees in the Saudi kingdom. Under the former King Abdullah, the Aljabri family was part of the Saudi Arabian elite. Now he lives in exile in Canada. And there he also fears for his life, as he said in an interview.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince deployed a mercenary team called the “Tiger Squad” to kidnap and kill people, Aljabri reported in the interview, among other things. “It was set up to do the dirty work for MBS,” said Aljabri.
However, Aljabri fled Saudi Arabia in 2017. In October 2018, a six-man killer squad arrived in Ottawa, Canada, to kill him. He is certain that the men were charged with his murder. But they did not get through the airport control. Aljabri had previously made this allegation, which Saudi Arabia denies, through his lawyers, and now he has spoken about it personally for the first time. “Like the team that murdered Khashoggi, those who killed Dr Saad (…) should kill, members of the personal mercenary group of the defendant bin Salman, the ‘Tiger Squad'”, it said in the complaint of the ex-secret service general.
He had been warned not to enter Saudi representations in the country; otherwise, he would face a fate like Jamal Khashoggi. The journalist was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018 and dismembered with a bone saw. It is believed that this was done on the orders of Mohammed bin Salman.
In the interview, Aljabri reported on a conversation in 2014 in which the Crown Prince is said to have spoken about a murder plot against the then King Abdullah. According to Aljabri, a poisoned ring was central to the plan.