Falsely arrested ‘Khashoggi killer’ released in France – media — Analysis
According to reports, a Saudi national who was arrested in France for being suspected of involvement in the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi will be freed. According to local media, French officials had confirmed his identity as a new person.
The man, identified as Khaled Aedh al-Otaibi, 33, one of the Saudi Royal Guards wanted by Turkey for being involved in the 2018 murder, just happens to share the killer’s name, Le Figaro reported. The Paris public prosecutor’s office confirmed the man’s true identity, the newspaper reported, citing sources. According to the newspaper, he will be released Wednesday or early Friday.
According to media reports earlier, al-Otaibi had been arrested at Charles de Gaulle Airport close to Paris by French police on Tuesday morning. Al-Otaibi was believed to have been boarding a plane bound for Riyadh. He was reportedly boarding a plane to Riyadh when he was flagged for being on the Interpol wanted lists, as per a Turkey-issued warrant.
Khashoggi was a Saudi columnist and dissident. He was assassinated in Istanbul at the Saudi consulate. The hit is widely believed to have been ordered by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Arabia denied the claim and blamed a group rogue agents. Riyadh claimed they were being prosecuted properly and that they have been punished for the crime.
Saudi Arabia claimed that the French arrest was an accident of identity.