, Dec 7 () –
The French security forces have detained Saudi Khaled Aedh al Otaibi, a former member of the Royal Guard, who is under an arrest warrant from Turkey for his alleged involvement in the disappearance and death of journalist Yamal Jashogi.
The 33-year-old detainee would have been part of the command that murdered Jashogi inside the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 and was part, at the request of Turkey, on Interpol’s list of fugitives.
According to sources cited by the French radio station RTL, he was arrested early in the morning, before taking a flight to Riyadh. He had his passport in his possession and was also traveling under his real name, so it is unknown if he really had evidence that there was an arrest warrant against him.
Interpol lists a score of Saudis for their alleged involvement in the Hashogi case, the ramifications of which extend to Crown Prince Mohamad bin Salman. The journalist, critical of the authorities of his country, had gone to the Istanbul Consulate to carry out some paperwork and never left it.
The Saudi government has ruled out any responsibility for the crime, which it attributes to a clandestine mission by a group of agents who sought to convince Hashogi to return to Saudi Arabia. The Turkish authorities, for their part, believe that there was a direct order from the leadership of the kingdom to carry out the operation.