More than seven months after a journalist and critic of Saudi crown prince was killed in cold blood in the kingdom’s embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, a Palestinian pro-democracy campaigner living in Norway is facing a similar threat, local news agency NTB reports.
Iyad el-Baghdadi, a harsh critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, told NTB that Norwegian officials visited his home on April 25, warned him of the danger he is in and took him to a safe place.
Baghdadi was told the threat on his life came from the kingdom. Guardian newspaper confirmed that America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) passed the intelligence alert to Norwegian authorities.
Baghdadi has been living under asylum protection in Norway since 2015 after his arrest and expulsion from the UAE.
Baghdadi became popular during the Arab spring when his tweets about the Egyptian uprising gained him thousands of followers.
After Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, Baghdadi warned Saudi Arabia’s western allies that Salman’s agents would stage more such murders in their capitals if they fail to rein him in.
While Khashoggi’s murder sparked worldwide outrage against Salman, Trump and his adviser Jared Kushner still follow a soft approach towards him.