Vancouver, SAEDNEWS, Jan. 20: The activist accused the Saudi Embassy in Canada of trying to lure and liquidate him like Khashoggi, noting that he has recordings confirming the allegations. "[Crown Prince] Mohammad bin Salman wants to punish the whole family, and the proof is that the Embassy in Canada and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs refuse to renew my passport," he said on his Twitter account.
Walid added that he has been told he must go to the embassy in person, while the process can be done remotly.
Alia, his sister, strongly deplored the Riyadh approach toward her family, stating that "this is not the mentality of a modern country that wants to build city for aliens - referring to the smart city The Line as a part of Saudi Vision 2030 project - this is the mentality of a farmowner".
Another sister, Lina, wrote on Twitter that they have "recordings of the calls in which the Saudi embassy tries to lure Walid to the embassy".
"Do we have to publish these calls in order for Saudi to renew my brother's passport in a legal way?" she threatened.
Responding to the Riyadh's effort to silence dissidents, Madawi al-Rasheed, the well-known human rights activist, stated, "The Saudi authorities are exercising collective punishment and increasing the number of asylum seekers around the world."
Political activis Bill Browder also reminded Khashoggi's fate after entering the Saudi Embassy in Turkey, and wrote on Twitter, "We all know what happens when they lure dissidents to their embassy."
The story came just days after a Saudi terrorism court sentenced Loujain, Walid's sister, to five years and eight months in prison on terrorism-related charges, despite international criticism of her detention and pressure to release the prominent women’s rights activist. Loujain was kidnapped and detained in 2018.
This is not the first time Riyadh has attempted to murder its opponents. MbS has been accused of sending a hit-squad to Canada in order to kill a former Saudi intelligence official. The failed plan to kill Saad al-Jabri, an exiled former aide to former Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef, was soon after the murder of Khashoggi in Turkey, court documents filed in the US alleged.
In early October 2018, Khashoggi, a well-known journalist in the Arab world who also wrote opinion pieces for The Washington Post, was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents to marry his Turkish fiancee. His body was dismembered and never recovered. Riyadh eventually admitted the 59-year-old had been killed by Saudi agents in what it claims was an extradition operation gone wrong, but MbS has always denied any involvement or knowledge of the killing. CIA has concluded that the young crown prince personally ordered the killing of Khashoggi (Source: Fars News).