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France releases Saudi man held over Khashoggi killing

A Saudi man arrested at a French airport on suspicion of involvement in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi has been released.

French officials concluded on Wednesday that it was a case of mistaken identity and let him go.

The man, identified as Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi, was detained on Tuesday as he tried to board a flight from Paris to Riyadh.

The man shares the same name as a former member of the Saudi Royal Guard who's accused of being a member of the hit squad that killed Khashoggi.

When his passport was scanned, it flagged an arrest warrant issued by Turkey which triggered the arrest.

The Saudi embassy in Paris had said late on Tuesday that the arrested person “has nothing to do with the case in question”.

They say he's now on his way back to the Kingdom.

Khashoggi wrote for the Washington Post and was a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

Turkish officials believe his body was dismembered and removed. His remains have never been found..

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