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One of the suspected killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been arrested by French police.
Khalid Alotaibi was detained at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris today as he prepared to board a flight to Riyadh.
French radio RTL said the person arrested was a former Saudi Arabian Royal Guard who is believed to have been involved in Khashoggi’s murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
Suspect Arrested and Charged
Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi was arrested at Charles-de-Gaulle airport on Tuesday, French media reported.
He is one of 26 Saudis wanted by Turkey for the journalist’s murder.
The 33-year-old former Saudi royal guard was traveling under his own name and was placed under judicial detention, RTL radio said.
Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Riyadh government, was assassinated at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
Saudi Arabia said the former Washington Post journalist had been killed in a “rogue operation” by a team of agents sent to persuade him to return to the kingdom.
But Turkish officials said the agents acted on orders from the highest levels of the Saudi government.