A former senior Saudi intelligence official says he’s seen audio and video of the crown prince executing three men who were threatening to assassinate a previous Saudi monarch, the Washington Post reported.
The ex-official, who asked not to be identified, told the Post that Prince Mohammed Bin Salman – or MBS as he is known – gave the orders to kill the men and his father, King Salman.
Saudi Arabia previously announced that the crown prince killed two princes and a businessman who were plotting a coup to overthrow the country. The assassination was reported after the Crown Prince detained dozens of other Saudi royal family members in what was widely regarded as a purge.
The Post reported the video and audio came from the government-funded television network Al-Arabiya. The audio has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube.
The ex-official, who was part of the royal family for nearly 60 years, told the Post that the Saudi government tried to cover up the events.
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, 30, who succeeded his father as the Saudi Arabia’s heir to the throne, has been aggressively pursuing U.S. expansion into Muslim nations, including those in the Persian Gulf, with the goal of strengthening American influence with regional partners.