The French Press Agency quoted a senior official in the Saudi Royal Court as saying that Riyadh is preparing its response to the lawsuit filed by former Saudi intelligence officer Saad Al-Jabri in Washington against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in which he accuses him of trying to assassinate him.
The Saudi official accused Al-Jabri of corruption, and said that he was involved in corruption cases worth billions of dollars during his work in the Ministry of Interior.
He added that Al-Jabri, who was an advisor to the former crown prince, Muhammad bin Nayef, would not be able to reveal many of the corruption files because he was involved in them, according to the Saudi official.
And he considered that the lawsuit that al-Jabri filed against the Saudi crown prince is flimsy, and is not based on any evidence, except that it may poison relations between Riyadh and Washington, as he put it.
In the lawsuit he filed before Washington Federal Court, Al-Jabri accused the Saudi crown prince of sending the "Tiger" squad to assassinate him in Canada, in the same way that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed on October 2, 2018, inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
The documents also revealed that the Saudi team tried to enter Canada only about two weeks after the assassination of Khashoggi, but the Canadian authorities thwarted the attempt, as only one Saudi element with a diplomatic passport was allowed to enter.
The lawsuit confirms that the Saudi crown prince also sought to assassinate Al-Jabri in the American city of Boston, where the former Saudi intelligence officer was staying, before he sought refuge in Canada.
Washington Federal Court issued subpoena orders against bin Salman and 13 other people, to respond to Saad Al-Jabri's accusations against them of trying to assassinate him, and in addition to the Crown Prince, the case targets close to him, including Saud Al-Qahtani, Ahmed Asiri and Badr Al-Asaker.
The court summons, which Al-Jazeera reviewed before revealing its details, include Yusef Al-Rajhi and Laila Abu Al-Jadayel, who reside in the United States. The court requested a response to the allegations within a maximum period of 21 days.
In its comment on Al-Jabri's case, the US State Department called on the Saudi authorities to release his two sons (his son and daughter) who were arrested, and Al-Jabri's family says they are hostages.
It is noteworthy that the Canadian authorities tightened measures to protect the former Saudi crown prince's advisor, who was praised by the American intelligence community for his role in combating terrorism while he was in his job.