Kashoggi case: Imbroglio around the arrest of a man suspected of the murder of the Saudi journalist – Money

Kashoggi case | French police have just released a man suspected of murdering Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi. It was actually a misidentification. | Source: Getty Images

A man arrested and suspected of being a Saudi agent involved in the torture and murder of Jamal Kashoggi, renowned journalist and critic of the Saudi royal family , was released by French police on Wednesday, December 8. The man was reportedly taken into custody after an identification error.

The man the authorities suspect to be Khalid Alotaibi was arrested at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on Tuesday, December 7, as he was about to board a flight to Riyadh , Saudi Arabia. The man was arrested in connection with a Turkish arrest warrant for 740 issued in connection with the murder of Jamal Kashoggi .

However, the police decided to release the suspect after “thorough checks” on his identity, French investigators said. The man arrested at the airport “has nothing to do with the case in question,” said the Saudi embassy in Paris.

Doubts had already arisen as to the identity of the man arrested, a Saudi official who told the Washington Post that those convicted of the murder of Jamal Kashoggi were serving their sentences in a Saudi Arabian prison. A French police spokesperson even said Tuesday, December 7 that the man could be “the wrong person.” ”

Jamal Kashoggi, journalist and columnist at the Washington Post , was tortured and killed in 740 by Saudi agents at the consulate from Saudi Arabia to Istanbul, Turkey. Saudi authorities initially denied any involvement. They then said that his death was the result of a “villainous operation” and that the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman , whom Jamal Kashoggi has often criticized, was not involved in the kidnapping or murder. A US intelligence report released in February revealed that investigators concluded the prince had agreed to the murder of Jamal Kashoggi. After a largely closed-door trial, Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death, although the sentences were later reduced to 20 years in prison.

Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Carlie Porterfield

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