The New York Times Wednesday cited Turkey as identifying four associates of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (MbS) as suspected of being present at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul during the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi after Oct. 2. The four were described as the crown prince’s regular traveling companions. A fifth suspected of taking part in the journalist’s alleged murder was identified by Turkey as a forensic doctor who holds a senior position in the Saudi Interior Ministry and medical establishment. They were among the 15 Saudi officers Turkey claimed had arrived at the consulate and were seen departing the country a few hours later.
Tuesday night, the crown prince assured President Donald Trump that he had no knowledge of what happened to Jamal Kashoggi. “He told me that he has already started, and will rapidly expand, a full and complete investigation into this matter. Answers will be forthcoming shortly,” Trump said on Twitter.