Saudi ‘Tiger Squad’ assassins hunt for targets no matter their country of residence, explosive new court filings claim
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That plan, the lawsuit claims, would involve assassins travelling to the United States and then crossing the border into Canada by land, instead of flying into the Macdonald–Cartier International Airport in Ottawa, as they’d attempted in October 2018.
“Undoubtedly, Defendant bin Salman changed his tactics in response to the Tiger Squad’s failed attempts to enter Canada in October 2018,” the lawsuit says. “As a result of Defendant bin Salman’s directive, the newest stage of a multi-year campaign of execution, Dr. Saad’s life remains in dire peril to this day.”
The documents also allege bin Salman’s Tiger Squad has been used to kidnap Saudis in Europe, including Prince Saud bin Saif Alnasr from France in 2015, and Prince Sultan bin Turki II, also from France, in 2016, as well as the abduction and torture of Sulaiman Aldoweesh, a dissident religious cleric, in Mecca.
“If the allegations … seem fantastical, that is only because it is difficult to fathom the depths of depravity of Defendant bin Salman and the men he empowered to carry out his will,” says the lawsuit.
These operations, the lawsuit claims, have been carried out in France (in the cases of bin Saif and bin Turki), Germany (Prince Khaled bin Farhan al Saud), Norway, where Iyad Elbaghdadi, a critic of Saudi Arabia resides under government protection, Turkey, as well as Canada.
“As each of these increasingly coercive steps failed, Defendant bin Salman directed teams to locate, detain, and kill his targets regardless of their country of residence — even if that meant blatantly violating the sovereignty of other states,” the lawsuit says.