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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is described in a new book as a “serial killer” who boasts he could have murdered the current Saudi monarch, but his actions, “may end in national suicide”.
MBS bin Salman was reported to have boasted of killing Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in a leaked document, obtained by the Washington Post.
The book also alleges MBS planned the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia denies MBS is involved.
The book is a collection of previously unpublished evidence collected by investigative journalist William Ferguson from US-based companies that have worked in the Middle East.
Mr Ferguson says he has seen the document, which the Post describes as “shocking”, and has a copy of a contemporaneous memo stating that MBS killed the king “at the inaugural dinner of his princely palace in Riyadh”.
Image copyright AFP Image caption The book alleges MBS planned the killing of Khashoggi
Mr Ferguson, a US-based freelance writer and journalist, says he has shared his findings with the United States Senate.
The 86-page book, titled The Kingdom: Power, Passion and Endless War, says: “Shortly after the events of 11 September 2001, a young man made a spectacular confession.”
The accused “specifically stated that Saudi Arabia was not a member of Al-Qaeda.
“The young man boasted that he could conduct a murder without repercussions. His testimony was unequivocally given. He did so while under protection of the Arabian royal family.”
The unnamed prince told investigators: “He told us that he could have killed King Abdullah, and he could have killed King Salman. They were comfortable in their sanctity, so he didn’t get that excited.”
Image copyright AFP Image caption Prince Mohammed, the author claims, plotted the murder of Khashoggi
It also says MBS had ordered the slaying of Khashoggi in April 2018 after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The author says the details were previously unavailable to members of Congress because the document was “encrypted from the original delivery destination”.
Mr Ferguson is an expert on Saudi Arabia who visited the country several times to write his 2017 book An Army of One: The Secret Mission that Ended Arab Spring – a collaboration with US special forces soldiers.
In the book, MBS bin Salman is also described as a “traitorous king of whom Americans generally have no sympathy”.
A statement from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the new allegations “are completely baseless”, and “are a form of fictional smearing” against Prince Mohammed.