Written by Lauren Young, CNN
Stephanie Madani says the former Saudi Arabian ambassador in Washington DC offered her a job with his wife, encouraging her to come to the kingdom to work in her kingdom’s Embassy in the US.
Madani told the Guardian that when she informed her mother that she wasn’t interested in moving to Saudi Arabia, her father told her “it was your choice,” but he did offer a new job.
“He (got) me a job at the consulate — his wife’s office – a traditional restaurant, no business or anything like that,” she told the Guardian, adding that the offer was in the context of her speaking about the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Madani said that the job included being sent abroad to attend as many events as she wanted. When she declined, her father, Fahad Bin Ahmed Al-Thani, a former Saudi ambassador to Britain, said: “Then you will have to leave,” she told the Guardian.
The Saudi Embassy in Washington DC did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Madani, who left the kingdom after the murder of Khashoggi, alleged that one of her father’s fellow officials — Maher Mutreb, a member of the Saudi royal family — then convinced her that if she worked for him, then “things would be fine,” according to the Guardian.
Madani alleges that a cable has since appeared that “entitles the consulate official… to obtain his property, which includes your passport, during the course of business” or “in its place.”
The newspaper also reports that in May 2015 Madani opened her Facebook account and posted a message saying that she and the Saudi Embassy were working together and “better together.”