Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a frequent companion and aide to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, was seen entering the consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, hours before dissident Jamal Khashoggi went in and was never seen again.
A pro-government Turkish newspaper released a time-stamped photograph of Mutreb entering the consulate on Oct. 2 at 9:55 a.m., shortly before Khashoggi arrived to obtain the proper paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee, according to the New York Times.
Other surveillance photographs show Mutreb outside of the Saudi consul general’s home, leaving a Turkish hotel with a large suitcase, and leaving the country from Istanbul's international airport on Oct. 2 at 5:58 p.m.
Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post and a Saudi dissident, entered the consulate around 1:15 p.m. and has not been seen since, and is presumed dead.
President Trump spoke with Saudi King Salman earlier this week and says he claims to have no involvement in the disappearance, and assumed death and dismemberment of U.S. resident and green card-holder Khashoggi.
The president said Monday that the killers could be “rogue killers.”
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned Thursday from a trip to Turkey and Saudi Arabia and advised Trump to give Riyadh a few more days to investigate the incident.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post published an article with 15 possible people who may have played a role in Khashoggi’s disappearance; Mutreb was one of the individuals listed.
“Photographs show that Mutreb appears to have accompanied the crown prince on visits this year to France, Spain, and the United States,” the Post reported. “A British document from 2007 lists a man by the same name working as a diplomat in London. Documents posted by Wikileaks show that person receiving security training.”