the 33-year-old was detained at Charles de Gaulle Airport for his flight at 9:30 a.m. local time, and was traveling under a real passport, a spokesperson for the French National Police told CNN. He was posted in judicial detention, the spokesman added.
The suspect had been identified as Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi, RTL radio station reported, citing French police and judicial sources. French police wouldn’t confirm the man’s identity to CNN.
However, a senior Saudi Arabia official told CNN that the detention is “probably a case” of wrong identity.”
By late Tuesday, the Saudi embassy in France has issued a statement stating: media reports were “incorrect” and “the person” who got arrested has nothing to do with the case in question.”
The embassy said it expects the Saudi citizen’s “immediate release”. It added that “the Saudi judiciary has issued rulings” against all of die who participated in the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi, everyone of they are currently serve their sentence” in a statement posted on tweet.
Al-Otaibi was one of 16 people banned from the United States by the State Department in April 2019 for “their roles” in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”
So are the British government placed Al-Otaibi under sanctions in July 2020. The UK government said “he was involved” in the illegal killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul . as part of the 15 men team sent to Turkey by Saudi authorities. He was involved in the concealment of evidence in the residence of the Saudi general after the killing.”
If the suspect’s identity is confirmed as Al-Otaibi, he would face arrest and a preliminary hearing Wednesday, a spokesman for the court of Paris of professions told CNN — potential first steps in the direction of extradition. The court would not confirm the identity of the man.
Khashoggis former fiancé, Hatice Cengiz, told CNN in a statement that the arrest can be “a very important” first step for justice for Jamal” and insisted justice to “go the right way”.
“That who executed the plan should not be used to shield die a lot of higher up who gave the order for Jamal is cheeky killing, ” Cengiz added.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry has “completely rejected” the report.
There is no official response of the Turkish authorities to the detention of the Saudi national by the French police.
From Joseph Ataman and Pierre Bairin of CNN in Paris; Gul Tuysuz in Istanbul. Nic Robertson, Hamdi Alkhshali contributed to this report
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