Saud Qahtani: Trial likely soon in Qatar-Libya plot to assassinate King Abdullah

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Saud al-Qahtani, advisor at Saudi Arabia’s Royal Court, has accused Qatari media of attempting to distort statements he had made regarding the case of a Libyan-Qatari plot to assassinate the late King Abdullah several years ago.

Qahtani, who is also the General Supervisor of the Center for Studies and Media Affairs at the Saudi Royal Court, had revealed the plot in June 2017 in a series of tweets in which he said the former Libyan slain leader Muammar Qaddafi and Qatar’s former Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani plotted to assassinate the late Saudi King Abdullah.


Qahtani said at the time Qaddafi communicated with Saudi dissidents living in London, in a bid to seek vengeance against King Abdullah. In a recent tweet, al-Qahtani said Qatari media attempted to distort his remarks on the assassination plot, adding that he hopes the “facts” of the case will appear before courts in Saudi Arabia “soon.”

Clear and consistent

“The facts are clear and consistent and no one can distort nor disclaim their horrible plot, which the late king Abdullah forgave at the time with his big heart. I hope to see these facts before courts and soon,” he said in a tweet. The advisor revealed a number of classified information on Qatar in 2017, uncovering the Qatari-Libyan assassination plots against Saudi Arabia.

According to al-Qahtani, the story began in 2003 during the Arab Summit held in Egypt’s Sharm el-Sheikh when Qaddafi attacked Saudi Arabia and King Fahd. Prince Abdullah, a crown prince at the time, responded strongly against the former slain Libyan leader. Abdullah explained Qaddafi’s track record and the role of the West in bringing him to power. He famously told him at the time: “Who exactly brought you to power?”

“Qaddafi became madly furious and communicated with Saudi dissidents, especially those residing in London, who did not interact with him so he turned to Qatar’s Emir Hamad bin Khalifa to work for him,” Qahtani revealed in a tweet at the time.

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