French officials admitted on Wednesday that they had confessed to the wrong person a day after arresting a Saudi national suspected of being involved in the brutal murder of a Saudi dissident reporter. Jamal Khashoggi In 2018.
Saudi Arabian officials quickly criticized the arrest as a misidentification case on Tuesday. The Paris Attorney General’s Office stated that a one-day investigation revealed that the detained man was different from the Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi mentioned in the Turkish arrest warrant. Kashuji Become the target of the Saudi Arabian government’s crackdown team.
“Extensive inspections of the person’s identity indicate that the arrest warrant does not apply to he.… [H]e was released,” the Paris office said in a brief statement.
The man arrested at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on Tuesday apparently had the same name as the suspect.
A UN investigation report two years ago identified a man with the same name as a former member of the Saudi Royal Guard and a participant in a 15-person attack team. Kashuji, Often criticized the royal regime in exile he Visit the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain some official documents his The upcoming wedding.
This transformation embarrassed French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been seeking to improve relations with Riyadh. A few days ago he became the first Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salle in Saudi Arabia with the de facto ruler. Mann holds talks with major Western leaders.