Tax authorities in the UK have seized the house of a man British security services are investigating for his alleged role in a plot to assassinate the former king of Saudi Arabia.
Sixty-nine year old Mohammed Al Massari, who has been living in Britain since the early 1990s, has been ordered to leave his $860,000 home so that it can be sold to pay tax on cash he allegedly received between 2002 and 2004.
British investigators believe that Al Massari received money that was smuggled into the UK by Libyan agents who were attempting to organise an assassination attempt on Saudi Arabia’s then crown prince, Abdullah.
According to British media, Muammar Qadhafi had ordered the attempt after a public row between Libya’s then head of state and Abdullah at a summit.
The plan was alleged to involve the firing of a missile at Abdullah’s motorcade. King Abdullah succeeded to the throne in 2005 and passed away last year.
British lawyers used tax powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover the house in London, the Times reported. Under the terms of a High Court order, Al Massari must leave his house by 18 August. The academic has denied the claims made against him.