THEThe Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris affirmed, Tuesday evening, December 7, that the Saudi arrested in the morning of Tuesday has “no link” with the disappearance of the journalist, assassinated in 2018 in the Saudi embassy of Istanbul (Turkey). In a concise tweet, she also calls for the “immediate release” of the man concerned, adding that the real “culprits of the murder” are already serving their sentences in Saudi Arabia.
The man, who presented a passport in the name of Khalid Alotaibi, was arrested Tuesday morning at the Parisian airport of Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle when he was preparing to take the plane to Riyadh and placed in detention judicial, according to a source close to the case. This arrest came three days after French President Emmanuel Macron met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed ben Salman in Jeddah.
Washington Post contributor and critic of the Saudi regime after being close to it, Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated and his body cut into pieces in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone to retrieve a document. This murder plunged Saudi Arabia into one of its worst diplomatic crises and tarnished the image of the crown prince, known as “MBS”, designated by Turkish and American officials as having been the commissioner of the murder.