A Saudi man held at a Paris airport over suspected involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested in a case of mistaken indentity, a security source familiar with the investigation said on Wednesday.
The Saudi Embassy in Paris said late on Tuesday the arrested person "has nothing to do with the case in question"
Separately, French government spokesman Garbiel Attal said President Emmanuel Macron's administration was awaiting clarification over the detained man's identity.
The man, believed to be one of the suspected killers of Khashoggi, was arrested at Roissy airport near Paris on Tuesday as he was about to board a flight to Riyadh.
A police source named the man as Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi, a former Royal Guard of Saudi Arabia. A judicial source confirmed the arrest and said authorities were in the process of verifying his identity.
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But a Saudi official said it was a case of mistaken identity, adding that those convicted of the crime were currently serving their sentence in Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi, a critic of Prince Mohammed, 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 not been found.