Ex-Saudi intelligence official claims Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman sent a hit squad to Canada to assassinate him days after murder of Jamal Khashoggi

A former Saudi intelligence official has alleged that the kingdom's ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, ordered his assassination and has taken his children hostage.

Saad Aljabri, who was a top official in Saudi Arabia's government, claimed the Crown Prince plotted to kill him just weeks after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the prominent Saudi journalist, in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

The Crown Prince is widely thought to have orchestrated the gruesome murder of Khashoggi.

Aljabri alleges the Crown Prince sent a hit squad to Canada to kill him in 2018 just days after, and has since imprisoned two of his children, Sarah and Omar, in an attempt to force him to return.

The former intelligence official fled to Canada from Saudi Arabia in 2017 when he was accused of financial crimes along with the kingdom's former crown prince, Mohammed bin Nayef.

Bin Nayef was deposed in 2017 and replaced by his cousin, Mohammed bin Salman, who accused Nayef and Aljabri of stealing billions of dollars from Saudi companies.

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