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Khashoggi assassination: an alleged member of the commando arrested in Paris


A suspected member of the commando involved in the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 in Istanbul was arrested Tuesday morning at the Paris airport of Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, in France, and placed in judicial detention, a-t- we learned from judicial and airport sources.

Khalid Alotaibi, 33, was arrested by border police as he was about to take a flight to Riyadh, a source familiar with the matter said.

He was placed in judicial detention under an international arrest warrant issued by Turkey, said a judicial source. At the end of his detention on Wednesday, he will be presented to the public prosecutor’s office of the Paris Court of Appeal who will notify him of the arrest warrant, continued this source.

Jamal Khashoggi, a former close to Saudi power of which he had become a fierce detractor, was assassinated on the premises of his country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, by a commando of agents from Saudi Arabia.

His dismembered body has never been found.

After denying the assassination, Riyadh ended up saying that it was committed by Saudi agents who acted alone.

After an opaque trial in Saudi Arabia, five Saudis were sentenced to death and three to prison terms – death sentences have since been commuted.

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