French government detain a Saudi citizen under a Turkish arrest warrant on Tuesday before he boarded a flight to Riyadh at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside Paris. French police say the man, Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi, was part of a 15-member team sent to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post Categories targeted because the criticize Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed and dismembered while entering the consulate to obtain the necessary documents to marry his fiancée.
Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Paris speak the man in custody “has nothing to do with the case in question” and should be released immediately. “This is a case of mistaken identity,” said an unnamed Saudi official. “The convicts are currently serving their sentences in Saudi Arabia.” A Saudi convicted and Sentencing 5 people to death and three people went to prison in 2019 for Khashoggi’s death, but a United Nations investigator called the trial a “mockery” of justice because it failed to punish the masterminds behind the operation.
The death sentences were also revoked after members of Khashoggi’s family pardoned the killers.
French police admitted on Tuesday that they did not know if they had caught the right person. “It’s still possible this is the right person, or it could be the wrong person,” a police spokesman said. Otaibi can be held legally until Thursday morning. He will be notified of his arrest warrant on Wednesday and accept to be transferred to Turkey or refused and possibly extradited weeks or months from now, Related press report.
Bin Salman, effective ruler of Saudi Arabia and is widely believed to have approved Khashoogi .’s murder, trying restore his image on the world stage. French President Emanuel Macron met with him on Saturday, making him the first major Western leader to visit Saudi Arabia and the crown prince since Mr. Khashoggi’s death. And Turkey’s investigation into the murder appears to be coming to an end as it seeks to mend relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.
However, human rights and press freedom groups welcomed the French move. “Sometimes governments turn a blind eye to those pursued by justice in another country,” but not France, director of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Christophe Deloire says AP. Otaibi “is someone we’ve been following for a long time.”
https://theweek.com/jamal-khashoggi/1007842/france-says-it-arrested-jamal-khashoggi-murder-suspect-saudi-arabia-claims France says it has arrested the suspect in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia claimed they had the wrong person.