Former Saudi Royal Guard arrested in Paris for wanted for Hashogi’s death

French security forces have arrested Saudi Arabia’s Khaled Aedh al-Otaibi, a former member of the Royal Guard who has been arrested by Turkey for alleged involvement in the disappearance and death of journalist Yamal Jashogi.

The 33-year-old prisoner is said to have been part of the command that murdered Jashogi in October 2018 in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul and was on Interpol’s list of refugees at the request of Turkey.

According to the French radio station RTL, he was arrested early in the morning before he flew to Riyadh. He had his passport in his possession and traveled under his real name, so it is not known whether he actually had any evidence that he had an arrest warrant.

Former Saudi Royal Guard arrested in Paris for wanted for Hashogi’s death
Former Saudi Royal Guard arrested in Paris for wanted for Hashogi’s death

Interpol lists a number of Saudis for their alleged involvement in the Hashogi case, the ramifications of which extend to Crown Prince Mohamad bin Salman. The journalist, who was critical of his country’s authorities, had gone to the Istanbul consulate to do paperwork and never left.

The Saudi government has ruled out any responsibility for the crime it attributes to a secret mission by a group of agents who tried to convince Hashogi to return to Saudi Arabia. For their part, the Turkish authorities believe that there was a direct order from the Kingdom’s leadership to carry out the operation.

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