The daughter of a former Saudi intelligence chief said the government of her father was once attempting to lure her to the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul and kidnap her father, who is detained in the Saudi kingdom on a corruption case, according to The New York Times.
Matar Majid, the former director of the country’s Office of External Security Affairs, is one of dozens of princes, billionaires and other prominent officials detained in the kingdom’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign.
“She, like everyone else, continues to be frightened, sick and nervous,” William Mead, an international criminal lawyer and an expert on human rights and counterterrorism for the Open Society Justice Initiative, told the Times. “She said that one of her captors tried to get her to go to Riyadh in a cruiser, and that the taxi driver was instructed not to stop or someone would be hurt. She said she was told to come over only if she had money.”
Two suspects accused of attempting to kidnap Majid have been indicted and arrested.
Saudi Arabia is currently embroiled in a bitter dispute with Qatar, which was on Saudi Arabia’s side in the Saudi-led war in Yemen and does not agree with Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy and funding of terror. The Saudis have accused Qatar of allowing anti-regime elements to use its territory for activities, the Times said.
The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia’s regional rival, has also tried to lure Majid into exile, the Times reported.
Majid and her family remain in legal limbo, unable to leave the country. She is a dual Saudi and Turkish citizen, according to the Times.