What is it with Saudi royals and thinking they can attack anyone they see fit? Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, admits killing — but not “murdering” — his 32-year-old servant Bandar Abdulaziz, whose body was found beaten and strangled in a London hotel in February. Police say there’s some scary sex stuff involved.
Al Saud insists an aide killed Abdulaziz (pictured below), and that he and his servant were “equals.” Oh, and Al-Saud told a jury he is definitely not gay. How to explain those bite marks all over Abdulaziz’s face?
The court heard that the prince and his aide had been staying together at the hotel since 20 January as part of an “extended holiday”. Mr Abdulaziz’s body was found with blood on his pillow in room 312 and the defendant appeared “shocked and upset”, the court heard.
Mr al Saud told police officers he had been drinking in the hotel bar until the early hours of the morning before returning to the room and that when he woke at about 1500 GMT he could not rouse the victim. Bloodstains found in the room were “consistent with the victim having been the subject of a series of separate assaults before he was killed”, the jury heard. Mr al Saud had tried to clean up some of the blood and wash some of Mr Abdulaziz’s bloodstained clothing, [the prosecutor] said.
Not helping the prince’s case: CCTV footage showing him brutally attacking his servant in January, making it clear their relationship was anything but one of “friends and equals.”
Added the prosecution: “The evidence establishes quite conclusively that he is either gay or that he has homosexual tendencies. ‘It is clear that his abuse of Bandar was not confined simply to physical beatings. There is clear evidence, over and above the bite marks, that there was also a sexual element to his mistreatment of the victim. … The defendant’s concealing of the sexual aspect to his abuse of the victim was for altogether more sinister reasons and it tends to suggest that there was a sexual element to the circumstances of the killing.”
Now that he’s admitted to killing Abdulaziz, Al Saud awaits a decision as to whether he’ll be convicted of manslaughter.