In pictures… Saad Al-Jabri’s two sons, Sarah and Omar, are detained in Saudi Arabia

In pictures… Saad Al-Jabri’s two sons, Sarah and Omar, are detained in Saudi Arabia
In pictures… Saad Al-Jabri’s two sons, Sarah and Omar, are detained in Saudi Arabia

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The interview of former Saudi security advisor Saad Al-Jabri, in which he broke his silence, for the first time, since he fled Saudi Arabia in 2017, sparked a wide interaction among activists on social media.

Khaled Al-Jabri, Omar and Sarah’s brother, had written on his Twitter account on the 21st of this month, that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman “took Sarah and Omar as hostages to blackmail my father on the first day of his assumption of the mandate of the covenant.” In 2020, a Saudi court sentenced Omar and Sarah to prison on charges of money laundering and attempting to escape from the kingdom by irregular means.

And Human Rights Watch had said in a report in May 2020 that “the Saudi authorities have been holding incommunicado the two adult sons and daughters of a former official since their arrest by security forces in March 2020. Omar Al-Jabri, who is (then) 21 years old and Sarah Al-Jabri, 20 years old.

In an interview with the “60 Minutes” program on CBS News, last Sunday, Al-Jabri demanded his help in releasing his two sons from the Kingdom, saying: “I appeal to the American people and the American administration to help me save these children and restore their lives.”

In a statement issued to the “60 Minutes” program, the Saudi embassy in Washington said that Al-Jabri is a “discredited former government official with a long history of fabrication and distraction attempts to hide the financial crimes he committed, which are worth billions of dollars, to provide a wasteful lifestyle for himself and his family.” “.

The Saudi statement added that al-Jabri “did not deny his crimes, in fact indicating that theft was acceptable at the time. But it was neither acceptable nor legal at the time, nor now,” according to CBS News.

It is reported that Al-Jabri fled from Saudi Arabia to Turkey and then to Canada in 2017, and Al-Jabri was considered the second man in the team of former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, and the two strengthened close relations with US intelligence officials over the years of working together in the fight against terrorism, especially against ISIS Al-Qaeda after the September 11 attacks.

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