An escaped intelligence official said the Saudi crown prince wanted to kill the king with a poisoned ring from Russia
The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, spoke of the possibility of assassinating the country’s king Abdullah with the help of a poisoned ring from Russia. Saad al-Jabri, a former high-ranking Saudi intelligence officer, spoke about this in an interview with CBS television .
According to him, in 2014, Muhammad bin Salman told his cousin Muhammad bin Naif, who at that time was the head of Saudi intelligence, that he wanted to kill King Abdullah in order to vacate the throne for his own father.
He said, “I want to kill King Abdullah.” I will get the poison ring from Russia. I just need to shake his hand and he will be finished. <…> Maybe he was just bragging, but we [in Saudi intelligence] took it seriously.
Saad al-Jabri did not provide evidence for his words. At the same time, he stated that he had watched the video recording of the conversation between Muhammad bin Salman and Muhammad bin Naif. According to him, the original of the recording still exists, two copies were made from it. He knows where all three videos are, al-Jabri said.
The Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington has called al-Jabri a “discredited government official” who is trying to divert attention from his “billion-dollar financial crimes.”
King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud died in 2015 at the age of 90. The throne was taken by his half-brother Salman ibn Abdul-Aziz Al Saud.
In 2017, the new king changed the heir to the throne – instead of his nephew Muhammad bin Naif, his son Muhammad bin Salman became him. Bin Naif was also dismissed from his post as Interior Minister. In 2020, he was arrested.
Saad al-Jabri has worked under bin Naif in the past. When he lost his post in the Saudi government, al-Jabri received asylum in Canada. According to him, two of his eight children and his son-in-law were arrested at home.