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Saudis discussed assassinating their enemies a year before Khashoggi’s death

  • Published at 02:05 pm November 12th, 2018
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
File Photo: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Reuters

Sources close to the crown prince state claim this has been the case since the leader’s ascent to power

Top Saudi intelligence officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, asked some businessmen about using private companies to assassinate Iranian enemies of the kingdom, last year, according to sources close to the discussions.

The Saudis inquired about this when Prince Mohammed – then the deputy crown prince – was consolidating power and instructing his advisers to increase military and intelligence operations outside the kingdom, reports The New York Times. 

The discussions they had, more than a year prior to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, suggest that top Saudi officials have considered attempting assassinations since the beginning of the crown prince’s ascent to power.

Saudi officials have portrayed the journalist's death as a rogue killing ordered by an official who has since been fired. Maj Gen Ahmed al-Assiri – the fired official – was present for a March 2017 meeting in Riyadh, where the businessmen pitched a $2 billion plan to use private intelligence operatives to try and sabotage the Iranian economy.

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