Man implicated in death of journalist was in Houston earlier this year

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - One of the 15 men implicated in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Kashoggi was in Houston earlier this year.

A KPRC camera was rolling in April as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb accompanied Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to an outdoor Houston event with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

Turner was effusive in his praise of the crown prince at the time.

"And the very fact that the crown prince would come to the city of Houston, and with all of the others meetings, would come to this particular neighborhood just to make a visit, I think speaks volumes," Turner said April 7 at a Habitat for Humanity event the crown prince attended.

WATCH: Saudi Crown Prince entourage in Houston in April 2018

Questions are swirling about how involved the crown prince was in the death of Kashoggi.

Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb is often seen in close proximity to the crown prince on international trips, and is believed to play a role in his security.

The Saudi royal family has significant interests in Houston, including an important arm of Saudi Aramco, Aramco Services, which has offices in Downtown Houston and a research campus near the Energy Corridor.

Saudi Aramco is one of the largest companies in the world by revenue, and owns one of the largest oil reserves in the world.

"Houston has been angling for some time to have Saudi investments in the petrochemical industry," said Mark Jones, faculty director of Rice University's Master of Global Affairs program.

The crown prince was in Houston in April primarily to sign initial agreements to move in that direction.

It is not yet clear how those potential investments will be affected by recent events.

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