Jamal Khashoggi’s friends hold photos of him as they go to an event commemorating the two-year anniversary of his murder in front of the Saudi Arabia Istanbul Consulate.
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According to reports, a former member of Saudi royal guard was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the brutal assassination of Washington Post columnist. Jamal Khashoggi.

Khalid Aedh Al-Otaibi, a Parisian citizen was taken into custody at Charles de Gaulle Airport on Tuesday. French RTL radio the BBC reportedCiting a source within the police force, Al-Otaibi worked as an official personal security agent for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. U.S. officials are aware of this. blamed for the journalist’s 2018 killing.

He is among 26 Saudis being sought in Turkey over the murder of Khashoggi in Istanbul’s Saudi consulate. He is also one of more than a dozen Saudi officials who were sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury in 2018 for Khashoggi’s death, The Associated Press reported.

The Committee to Protect Journalists and other press freedom activists hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Saudi Embassy where Khashoggi died during a memorial event in 2019.
In front of the Saudi Embassy, where Khashoggi was killed during a 2019 memorial event, members of The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPOJ) and others organize a candlelight Vigil.
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Al-Otaibi was preparing to board a flight to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital, when French authorities executed an arrest warrant for him that was filed by Turkish authorities. Saudi Arabia had otherwise rejected Turkey’s request to extradite Al-Otaibi to Turkey to be tried for murder, the BBC reported citing its police source.

Khashoggi was a prominent U.S.-based journalist and critic of Saudi Arabia’s government. His last appearance in the consulate was on September 28, 2018. He was then murdered, and his body was dismembered once he got inside.

Later, Crown Prince Mohammed became the ruler of Saudi Arabia. found responsible by U.S. intelligence officialsFor his death. However, the U.S. refused to sanction him despite his conclusion.

Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary said back in February that the Biden administration believes there are “more effective ways to make sure this doesn’t happen again” and that administrations customarily don’t sanction leaders of foreign governments with whom the U.S. has diplomatic relations.

Eight Saudi nationals were sentenced to prison in 2020 for their roles in Khashoggi’s death.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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