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Gay Saudi Prince Gets 20 Years Prison for Murder of Servant
A Saudi prince, the grandson of King Abdullah, has been sentenced for murdering his servant in a London hotel.
Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al-Saud, 34, must serve a minimum of 20 years.
Al Saud, 34, was convicted of murder and also of grievous bodily harm for an early attack upon his 32-year-old servant, which was caught on an elevator security camera in the five-star Landmark Hotel where the pair lived.
The servant apparently did not defend himself. According to Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane, Abdulaziz had been abused repeatedly by the prince and his death was the culmination of a number of abusive acts.
The injuries which were noted by the pathologist clearly show Bandar was the victim of many more assaults over an extended period of time," McFarlane told the UK Guardian.
The prince claimed diplomatic immunity as a member of Saudi royal family, and even offered prosecutor US$2.5 million for release. However, these efforts to escape prosecution were rebuffed.
‘It is very unusual for a prince to be in the dock on a murder charge. But your trial has proceeded in just the same way as anyone else’s would in this court,’ the judge said.
‘No one in this country is above the law. It would be wrong for me to sentence you either more severely or more leniently because of your membership of the royal family in Saudi Arabia,’ he added.
‘The most chilling aspect of that footage is that your victim did not resist at all. He was so completely subservient to you that after being treated as a human punchbag he followed you meekly out of the lift,’ the judge said.
“Bandar was a vulnerable victim, entirely subjugated to your will. You were in a position of authority and trust over him, which you exploited ruthlessly.”
‘To this day you have not explained why you killed him,’ the judge told al-Saud, who showed no emotion when sentence was passed.
The prince’s father, who was present for listening at the court, collapsed and had to be treated by the Old Bailey matron after the guilty verdict.
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