During the interview, Aljabri also repeated allegations that MBS, the young de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, plotted to send a hit squad to murder him in Canada three years ago, and has imprisoned two of Aljabri’s children, Sarah and Omar, in Saudi Arabia.
In a statement to “60 Minutes,” a Canadian government spokesperson said, “While we cannot comment on specific allegations currently before the courts, we are aware of incidents in which foreign actors have attempted to monitor, intimidate or threaten Canadians and those living in Canada.”
CBS says Saudi Arabia declined an interview, but the kingdom’s embassy in Washington issued a statement, describing Aljabri as a “discredited” former government official.
“Saad Aljabri is a discredited former government official with a long history of fabricating and creating distractions to hide the financial crimes he committed, which amount to billions of dollars, to furnish a lavish life-style for himself and his family,” the statement read. “He has not denied his crimes; in fact, he implies that stealing was acceptable at the time. But it wasn’t acceptable nor legal then, and it isn’t now.”
He says he’s speaking out now for his two children who are imprisoned in Saudi Arabia, saying, “I am appealing to the American people and to the American administration to help me to release those children and to restore their life.”