A 33-year-old man was detained earlier than his flight at 9:30 a.m. native time, and was touring beneath an actual passport, a spokesperson for the French National Police informed NCS. He was positioned in judicial detention, the spokesperson added.

The suspect was recognized as Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi, radio station RTL reported, citing French police and judicial sources. French police wouldn’t affirm the man’s id to NCS.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a Washington Post columnist, was crucial of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s insurance policies. He was killed and allegedly dismembered on October 2, 2018, within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by males with shut ties to the very best ranges of the Saudi authorities and bin Salman.

Al-Otaibi was considered 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.”

Likewise, the British authorities positioned Al-Otaibi beneath sanctions in July 2020. The UK authorities stated “he was involved in the unlawful killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul … as part of the 15 man team sent to Turkey by Saudi authorities. He was involved in the concealment of evidence at the Saudi General Consul’s residence following the killing.”

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Khashoggi’s former fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, welcomed the arrest in a Twitter put up, including that France ought to both strive him “or extradite him to a country able and willing to genuinely investigate and prosecute him as well as the person who gave the order to murder Jamal.”

A US intelligence report launched in February discovered that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman authorised the operation to seize or kill Khashoggi. The report additionally famous bin Salman’s “absolute control” of Saudi intelligence and safety operations.

Saudi’s Foreign Ministry “completely rejected” the report.

There has been no official response from the Turkish authorities concerning the detention of the Saudi nationwide by French police. The Saudi Embassy in Paris additionally had “nothing to say” on the detention, a spokesperson informed NCS.