One of the suspects in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested on December 7 at Roissy airport near Paris. He was about to take a flight to Riyadh informs Reuters. According to sources of the publication, this is the former Royal Guardsman of Saudi Arabia Khaled Aed Al-Otaibi, he was arrested on the basis of a warrant issued by Turkey in 2019.
“I welcome the arrest of one of Jamal’s killers in France today,” wrote on Twitter, the fiancee of the murdered journalist, Hatice Cengiz. “France should try him for this crime or extradite him to a country capable and sincerely willing to investigate the case and prosecute the” killer “, as well as the person who gave the order to kill Jamal.”
The arrest took place two days after the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, who was criticized by Khashoggi. V report American intelligence, it is said that Prince Mohammed approved the operation to capture and kill Khashoggi. The Saudi Arabian government denies any involvement of the crown prince and rejects the report’s findings.
Jamal Khashoggi, who worked in the United States in his later years, wrote for the Washington Post and was known for criticizing the Saudi authorities, was last seen entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. He wanted to get the document needed to remarry. The journalist’s fiance, Khatija, was not allowed into the building. She waited for Khashoggi at the entrance to the consulate until midnight. The Turkish authorities believe that his body was dismembered and hidden, the remains were never found.
Adviser to Turkish President Recep Erdogan Yasin Aktay, police officials and EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik said 15 Saudi agents were involved in the operation to eliminate Khashoggi.
According to Reuters, the French prosecutor’s office will now decide on the extradition of Al-Otaibi.