France frees Saudi man after mistaking him for one of Jamal Khashoggi's killers

The 33-year-old was detained at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport earlier than his flight to Riyadh at 9:30 a.m. native time, and was touring underneath an actual passport, French police had informed CNN.

French radio station RTL, citing French police and judicial sources, additionally reported Tuesday that the person was linked to the hit squad that murdered Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018.

But the Saudi Embassy in France stated the detained man had “nothing to do with the case in question” and referred to as for his “immediate release.”

Hours afterward Wednesday, the wrongfully detained man was launched, prosecutors stated.

Saudi authorities say man detained in Paris has 'nothing to do' with Jamal Khashoggi's murder

“After thorough checks on the identity of this person, it was established that the warrant did not apply to him,” the overall prosecutor of the Paris Appeals court docket stated.

“At the end of his judicial detention, he was released,” the prosecutor added.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and a Washington Post columnist, was crucial of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s insurance policies. He was killed and allegedly dismembered on October 2, 2018, within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, by males with shut ties to the highest levels of the Saudi government and bin Salman.

Earlier on Tuesday, French media reviews had wrongly recognized the detained man as Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi — one in every of 16 people banned from the United States by the State Department in April 2019 for “their roles in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.”

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