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Khashoggi assassination: the Saudi arrested in France is not the wanted suspect


The man had been arrested on the basis of an international arrest warrant issued by the Turkish judicial authorities on November 5, 2018 in connection with the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Rémy Heitz said in a press release.

Thorough checks on the identity of this person established that the warrant did not apply to him and he was released, he added.

It’s an almost perfect disambiguation, explained to AFP a close to the file.

At the time of his passage through control Tuesday morning at the Parisian airport of Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle, while he was about to take a flight to Riyadh, he had presented a passport in the name of Khaled al-Otaibi and the Interpol’s red notice had been activated, a source familiar with the matter explained.

He was then arrested by the border police and placed in judicial detention under the international arrest warrant issued by Turkey.

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Checks on his identity were carried out by the French authorities, but the Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris assured Tuesday evening that the citizen in question has no connection with the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi and demanded his immediate release.

The “imprisoned” suspect

A source belonging to the Saudi security services said on Tuesday that the real Khaled al-Otaibi and all the accused in this case are imprisoned within the kingdom Saudi.

There are hundreds of Saudis with the same name, she stressed.

Critic of Saudi power after being close to it, Jamal Khashoggi, resident in the United States and columnist for the daily Washington post, was assassinated on October 2, 2018 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a team of agents from Saudi Arabia.

His dismembered body has never been found.

US intelligence report accuses Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of having valid murder. After denying the murder, Riyadh ended up saying that it was committed by Saudi agents who acted alone.

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

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