France frees Saudi man after mistaking him for one of Jamal Khashoggi’s killers

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The 33-year-old was detained at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport at 9:30 a.m. local time before a flight to Riyadh, and was traveling under a real passport, French police told Granthshala.

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French radio station RTL also reported on Tuesday, citing French police and judicial sources, that the man was linked to the hit squad that killed Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018.

But the Saudi embassy in France said the detained man had “nothing to do with the case” and called for his “immediate release”.


Prosecutors said hours later on Wednesday, the wrongfully detained man was released.

“After a thorough examination of the identity of this person, it has been established that the warrant does not apply to him,” the general prosecutor of the Paris appeals court said.

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“At the end of his judicial custody, he was released,” the prosecutor said.

KhashoggiA Saudi journalist and columnist for the Washington Post, was critical of the policies of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. On October 2, 2018, the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was killed and allegedly mutilated by men who had close ties. highest level of Saudi government And bin Salman.

Earlier on Tuesday, French media reports wrongly identified the detained man as Khalid Aidh al-Otaibi – by the State Department in April 2019 for “his role in the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi” in the United States. One of 16 persons banned from


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