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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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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “French police say detained Saudi suspect not linked to Khashoggi murder”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

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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