Saudi Arabian authorities claim a Saudi man arrested in Paris, France, on Tuesday has no ties to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and believe the detainment of the man is a case of mistaken identity.
The man was detained at Charles de Gaulle Airport after traveling with a passport that identified him as "Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi," according to CNN, whom the U.S. State Department banned for his alleged role in the killing of the Saudi journalist. However, Saudi officials claim everyone involved in the killing has been arrested.
"The person who was arrested has nothing to do with the case in question," Saudi officials released in a statement. "The Saudi judiciary has issued verdicts against all of those who participated in the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi, all of them are currently serving their sentences."
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Saudi officials added they expect the immediate release of the man in custody.
Khashoggi was a Saudi journalist and a columnist for the Washington Post who was critical of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies. He was killed in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018 and dismembered. He was allegedly killed by men with close ties to the highest levels of the Saudi government, with the attack approved by the crown prince, according to a U.S. intelligence report.
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Al-Otaibi was sanctioned by the British in 2020 as "part of the 15-man team sent to Turkey by Saudi authorities. He was involved in the concealment of evidence at the Saudi General Consul's residence following the killing," according to the British government.
If the man's identity is confirmed as Al-Otaibi, he will be arrested and face a preliminary hearing Wednesday, officials for Paris's court of appeals told CNN.