Eyes Wide Open to Ottawa’s Saudi Consulate

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Saudi Arabia is still pressuring Canada to hand Riyadh former security official Saad al-Jabry, who was assigned to a senior interior position during the reign of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who then got ousted by heir Mohammed bin Salman as the latter planned to rule the kingdom after the death of his father, King Salman. 

The now heir apparent has grown the habit of accusing any potential adversaries of financial corruption, as he did to Saad al-Jabry to justify bringing him back to the kingdom from Toronto, where he’s taken asylum. And when the justification did not make sense to Canadian officials and diplomatic tension rose instead, officials in Riyadh resorted to the Interpol, which soon cleared al-Jabry’s name off its criminal list; the criminal organisation didn’t believe the kingdom’s judiciary procedures were credible and orderly; Saudi infamously overlooks the rights of arrestees and detainees and the UN Charter, and it is even carrying out mass executions without fair trials…

Making yet another aggressive step, Saudi arrested Sarah and Omar al-Jabry, Saad’s children; Saudi observers believe the kingdom takes such steps to force the wanted to hand themselves over to the authorities in return for their children’s or other family members’ release from prison. “The Globe and Mail” on 6 July mentioned al-Jabry was pretty knowledgeable on counterterrorism and the secrets of the royal family and their foreign bank accounts…

Although Ottawa has refused to hand al-Jabry over to Riyadh, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s security team has advised the Canadian foreign ministry to hint at visa denial by Riyadh’s Canadian embassy to any of al-Jabry’s family members who might try to visit him. So it has been to evade any further tension between both countries…

As fears arose another Khashoggi-styled murder would be committed, Canadian security corps reinforced measures guarding al-Jabry’s residence. Earlier, Saudi oppositionist Jamal Khashoggi was gruesomely killed in Turkey’s Saudi consulate. Still, Saudi oppositionists have recommended that Canadian authorities open their eyes wide to what’s going on in the House of Saud’s Ottawa embassy; they believe Saudi might conduct illegal measures to punish Saad al-Jabry and a number of family members who fled Saudi to Canada, too, opposing Mohammed bin Salman’s wild thirst for unparalleled power, even if that costs others’ freedoms and lives.  

                                                                                                            The Editors