French police say detained Saudi suspect not linked to Khashoggi murder
Added 12-08-21 11:03:02am EST - “French officials admitted Wednesday that they got the wrong man, a day after arresting a Saudi national suspected of participating in the brutal murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.” - Washingtontimes.com
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French officials admitted Wednesday that they got the wrong man, a day after arresting a Saudi national suspected of participating in the brutal murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
Saudi Arabian officials on Tuesday quickly criticized the arrest as a case of mistaken identity, and the Paris General Prosecutor’s Office said a daylong investigation revealed that the man in custody was not the same Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi named in an arrest warrant in Turkey, where Khashoggi was targeted by a Saudi Arabian government hit team.
“Extensive checks on the identity of this person showed that the warrant did not apply to him. … [H]e was released,” the Paris office said in a terse statement.
The man arrested Tuesday at Paris-Charles De Gaulle Airport apparently had the same name as the suspect.
A U.N. investigative report two years ago identified a man with the same name as a former member of the Saudi Royal Guard and a participant in the 15-member hit team that killed Khashoggi, a frequent critic of the royal regime living in exile when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to obtain some official papers for his upcoming wedding.
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