Saudi media outlets have published claims that former intelligence chief, Saad Al-Jabri, is a member of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Khaleej Times reported yesterday.
A disinformation and propaganda campaign was launched against Al-Jabri as authorities try to encourage Canada to extradite him. Al-Jabri is thought to be in possession of documents that prove Riyadh's support for terror attacks.
Saudi journalist, however, claim he was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is deemed a terrorist organisation in the kingdom and he helped the group to infiltrate into the Saudi institutions.
Abdullah Al-Otaibi wrote in Asharq Al-Awsat: "This person was not only financially corrupt, but he ran a network of corruption organisations and an ideological organisation affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood and other political Islamic parties."
Adding that the Muslim Brotherhood "is the most dangerous group because it is targeting the state and its institutions."
Al-Jabri held a cabinet-rank intelligence post under deposed Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef and has been living in Toronto since a 2017 palace coup in Riyadh.
The Saudis attempted to have Al-Jabri arrested by issuing a "red notice" order through Interpol, the international cooperation organisation for police, in late 2017. In 2018, a visiting Saudi delegation also pressed Canada to extradite him.
In recent months, Bin Salman has also increased pressure on Al-Jabri's relatives, detaining his adult children, to force him to return to the kingdom, his family said.