Saudi prince jailed for life by British court

By AFP
Published: October 20, 2010
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Saudi prince was found guilty of murdering his servant after subjecting him to a "sadistic" campaign of violence.

Saudi prince was found guilty of murdering his servant after subjecting him to a "sadistic" campaign of violence.

LONDON: A Saudi prince, the grandson of King Abdullah, was jailed for life by a British court on Wednesday for murdering his servant in a London hotel.

Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir al Saud, 34, was ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years by a judge at London’s Old Bailey, also known as the Central Criminal Court.

“It is very unusual for a prince to be in the dock on a murder charge. No one in this country is above the law,” Judge David Bean told Saud as he sentenced him.

The homosexual Saudi prince was found guilty of murdering his servant after subjecting him to a “sadistic” campaign of violence and sexual abuse.

Saud, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah through his mother, was accused of killing Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz in a luxury London hotel on February 15.

He was convicted at London’s Old Bailey, also known as the Central Criminal Court, after the jury deliberated for only an hour and a half.

The trial heard the prince was fuelled by champagne and cocktails when he beat and strangled the 32-year-old to death after the pair had returned from a Valentine’s Day night out.

The victim was left with severe injuries including bite marks on both cheeks which prosecutors said showed a clear “sexual element” to the killing.

Saud, whose lawyers argued that he could face the death penalty in Saudi Arabia over the revelations of homosexuality aired at the trial, showed no emotion as the verdict was read out.

The prince had denied murder and a second charge of grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to an earlier alleged assault in a hotel lift that was captured on CCTV footage.

The two-week trial heard that the two men had stayed together at London’s Landmark Hotel for nearly a month as part of an “extended holiday” that had also taken them to Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Morocco.

Saud had claimed the pair were friends and that he was heterosexual, but the court heard evidence that refuted his claims.

A post-mortem found that Abdulaziz had suffered heavy blows to the head, injuries to the brain and ears and severe neck injuries consistent with strangulation by hand, the trial heard.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • KM
    Oct 20, 2010 - 7:08PM

    Such should be hanged, and not kept in prison. This is unnecessary a waste of an opportunity to instruct the rest of the society to behave.Recommend

  • Zaki
    Oct 20, 2010 - 9:16PM

    lol… oh the khadimain, the sharifain…. their highnesses… their erectednesses, indeed!Recommend

  • Oct 21, 2010 - 8:36AM

    Great Britain is great..Had it happened in any Islamic country, the Justice would have been
    opposite to this. Who says Harmeen Shareefin are Holy?? GO and Read Princess.. Recommend

  • IZ
    Oct 21, 2010 - 1:57PM

    What is considered acceptable for a Sheikh in Saudi Arabia is not acceptable elsewhere – his relatives should have warned him. He would have been acquitted in Saudi Arabia. After all everyone saw the video of what Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the UAE did to an Afghan trader and he was acquited by a UAE court.Recommend

  • Yousuf Ahmad
    Oct 21, 2010 - 4:23PM

    Saudi Arabia is more complex than you might think. Yes, he probably would’ve gotten away with murder over there. But had the religious police found any evidence of his homosexuality, he most probably would have either been jailed for life or hanged/beheaded.Recommend

  • ADE
    Oct 21, 2010 - 7:18PM

    Wow, and all this coming from someone from the family of the ‘king’ of the country…wasn’t Saudi Arab a rightly guided ‘Islamic’ state? Recommend

  • Oct 23, 2010 - 3:31AM

    Good he deserves it. These oil-rich saudis think they’re above the law sometimes.
    @ Yousof Ahmed if religious police found evidence of his homosexuality he would be jailed or hanged/beheaded? Well then they have to jail,behead,hang most of the men in saudi arabia because homosexuality there is more common than you think also in countries like afghanistan,iran,it is also quite common,but you always have people saying, “oh no we are our country does not have homosexuals.” The president of Iran said there are no gays in Iran and also denied the Holocaust.Recommend

  • Post Human
    Oct 23, 2010 - 11:59AM

    He’s in jail.

    Anyone wonder that maybe that’s what he wanted all along? To live with other dudes, and keep dropping the soap in the shower?

    compelling. no?Recommend

  • SA
    Nov 26, 2010 - 1:22PM

    He deserves much much more than just jail!!Recommend

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