French police arrest man in connection with Khashoggi murder – .

French police arrest man in connection with Khashoggi murder – .

A Saudi official, however, said the arrest was a case of mistaken identity.

“Media information suggesting that a person implicated in the crime against Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi has been arrested in France is false,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity under Saudi rules. “Those convicted of this crime are currently serving their sentences in Saudi Arabia. “

If the arrested man turns out to be the suspect, France could extradite him to Turkey to be charged there.

A Turkish trial of the suspects is progressing slowly, mainly because Saudi Arabia has refused to surrender one of the accused. If Mr. Alotaibi ends up in the dock in Turkey, he would be the first suspect to stand trial in person outside of Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi court sentenced five men to death and three to prison terms for the murder, but death sentences were replaced with prison terms after one of Mr Khashoggi’s sons said he and his brothers and sisters pardoned the killers. But access to the trial was limited, the names of those convicted were never made public, and human rights groups called the process a sham.


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