The UN reiterated on Tuesday the need to hold accountable those accused of killing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, 2018.
Earlier on Tuesday, French media quoted judicial sources in reports that police at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport north of Paris had arrested Khalid Al-Otaibi, 33, on the basis of an international arrest warrant issued by Turkey. He was detained just before he was due to board a flight for Riyadh.
Commenting on Al-Otaibi's arrest, Stephane Dujarric, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said, "We are facing a judicial process that is taking place at the moment."
Dujarric added during a press conference in New York that the secretary-general's position has been clear from the beginning, which is his emphasis on the need "to implement the principle of accountability" in the Khashoggi murder. Al-Otaibi is suspected of being one of the 20-member Saudi hit squad that killed the Washington Post columnist.
In September 2020, a Saudi court sentenced "unnamed persons" found guilty of Khashoggi's murder to prison terms ranging from seven to 20 years.