A 2016 photo sowing Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), left, with Mohammed bin Nayef [File: Bandour al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP]

As Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) moved to tighten his grip on power over the past few years, arresting senior royals and opponents, one person has eluded him: A former top-ranking intelligence official who was close to a key rival to the throne.

In recent months, the crown prince has increased pressure on relatives of Saad al-Jabri, including arresting his adult children to try to force his return to the kingdom from exile in Canada, the former intelligence official’s family has said.

In the crown prince’s sights are documents al-Jabri has access to that contain sensitive information, four people with knowledge of the

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