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Dec. 7, 2021, 7:42 p.m. EST

Saudi suspect in Khashoggi killing arrested in France

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By Associated Press

PARIS – A French judicial official says a suspect in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been arrested in France.

The official said the suspect was being detained Tuesday on the basis of a Turkish arrest warrant.

French radio RTL said the Saudi suspect, Khalid Aedh Al-Otaibi, was arrested at Charles de Galle airport near Paris as he was trying to board a flight to Riyadh.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity under customary French judicial system practices.

Khalid Aedh Al-Otaibi was one of over a dozen Saudi officials sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2018 over Khashoggi’s killing and dismemberment at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

There was no immediate comment from Turkey. A Turkish Foreign Ministry official said he did not have information about the arrest and could not say if Turkey would request Aedh Al-Otaibi’s extradition.

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