- Saudi agents tried to kidnap a social-media star and regime critic on US soil, The Daily Beast reported.
- The plot was only foiled when the FBI caught them just as their plane arrived into LAX, the Beast said.
- The critic, 27-year-old Abdulrahman Almutairi, used social media to criticize Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the brutal murder of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Almutairi joins a growing list of Saudi dissidents targeted by the regime. Carrying out such a mission on US soil would mark a new level of Saudi brazenness.
Agents of the Saudi government tried to kidnap a young social-media influencer and regime critic on US soil, The Daily Beast reported, cited multiple sources familiar with the episode.
The critic, 27-year-old Abdulrahman Almutairi, lives in California and used social media to criticize the Saudi government and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist assassinated by the Saudi government.
The Daily Beast reported said that after Almutairi voiced his criticism of the crown prince on social media for Khashoggi’s death, an “unidentified Saudi man accompanied Almutairi’s father on a flight to collect Almutairi against his will and bring him back to Saudi Arabia.”
Almutairi told the outlet that if he had been taken back to Saudi Arabia he would likely have been killed.
Khashoggi’s gruesome killing sparked intense global backlash. He was murdered on October 2, 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after going there to obtain paperwork for his upcoming wedding. Read more