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Saudi prince jailed for life by London court

A Saudi prince,grandson of King Abdullah charged with battering his aide to death was jailed for life by a British court.

A Saudi prince,grandson of King Abdullah charged with battering his aide to death was jailed for life by a British court with the judge observing “no one in this country is above the law.” Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud,34 was ordered to serve 20 years by the judge at London’s Old Bailey for the murder of his aide Bandar Abdulaziz,32,which had a “sexual element”.

“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,” as the judge David Been read out the sentence.

The aide was found beaten and strangled in the Landmark Hotel,Marylebone on February 15 this year and the court convicted the prince on charges of beating and strangling Bandar Abdulallah at the culmination of a lengthy period of sexual violence.

Saud,whose mother is the daughter of the Saudi Arabian King had claimed diplomatic immunity at the time of his arrest and was also found to be carrying a diplomatic passport.

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But,the British Foreign office ruled he had no diplomatic status when asked by the police.

Prosecutors said,that the prince was high on champagne and cocktails when he murdered his aide after the pair had returned to hotel after a Valentine Day’s night out.

The prince had denied murder charges in the court which was shown footage of the CCTV.

First published on: 20-10-2010 at 05:57:30 pm
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