Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-born American resident and journalist, was assassinated and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul three years ago by a group of men close to the crown prince. According to Reuters, a suspect in the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was apprehended in France, citing a French police source. Who is the Jamal Khashoggi suspect killer?
Who is Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi, Jamal Khashoggi suspect killer ?
Otaibi was one of 17 people sanctioned by the US for their alleged role in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi was reportedly apprehended as he was ready to board a jet to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport.
Otaibi, 33, was identified as a member of the “commando” gang at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi was murdered on October 2, 2018. After Turkey issued an arrest warrant, he was placed on the Interpol red list. According to French radio station RTL, who broke the story, he was traveling under his true identity.
From French RTL radio, the man was held at the Roissy airport in Paris as he was about to take a trip to Riyadh.
According to Reuters, the detainee is Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi, a former Saudi Royal Guard, and extradition proceedings to Turkey are expected to commence soon.
How did Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi arrested?
According to the source, he was on a French wanted list and was apprehended on the basis of a warrant issued by Turkey in 2019.
The arrest comes only days after French President Emmanuel Macron met with de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, making him the first senior Western leader to visit the country since Mr. Khashoggi’s death.
Mr. Khashoggi was a Saudi-born American journalist and a vocal critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.