One of the suspected killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been arrested at Charles de Gaulle International Airport near Paris, as he was about to board a flight to Riyadh.
French RTL The radio, citing unidentified officials, said Khalid Ed al-Otaabi, 33, a former Royal Guard of Saudi Arabia, was arrested on Tuesday. He is believed to have been involved in the murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
The arrest of a suspect linked to the murder was confirmed Reuters by a French police source.
Mr Otaibi, an alleged member of the Saudi assassination team sent to Istanbul to kidnap, murder and isolate Khashoggi, was arrested on an Interpol warrant issued by Turkey. RTL,
He has been kept in judicial custody Border Police at the airport. The suspected killer was traveling under his real name, RTL informed of.
Under French law, a court must decide whether to honor Turkey’s arrest and extradition request.
According to RTLMr Otaibi will appear in the public prosecutor’s office on Wednesday, when he will be held in formal custody until an extradition hearing.
The unexpected arrest puts pressure on President Emmanuel Macron’s French government, which is eager to sell advanced weapons to the Gulf monarchy, including Saudi Arabia.
Mr Macron met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah on Saturday for the final leg of his two-day Gulf tour.
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