Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, the Saudi prince on trial for strangling and killing his servant Bandar Abdulaziz, continues insisting before a British court he did not get all gay with him, despite the bite marks and what investigators describe as a “sexual element” to the murder. But a bartender and a couple of escorts might disagree!
Al Saud, the grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, admits to killing Abdulaziz, but says he is not guilty of the murder charges against him (“just” manslaughter). What he won’t admit to, however, is being in some bizarre sexual relationship with the deceased.
The prince has denied being gay but the court heard a barman at the Sanderson Hotel said the prince flirted with him and suggested they go on a date. Two male escorts also visited the prince’s hotel suite and police said that he had visited gay escort websites. The prince, a grandson of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, is alleged to have subjected his aide to repeated vicious assaults over several weeks. The court heard that the victim, an orphan who had been adopted by a middle-class family, had met Saud through friends and spent the last three years travelling as an “occasional companion”.
Jurors saw video footage of the pair in an elevator, three weeks before the killing, at the hotel they were staying at on their extended holiday.
[Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw] also said there was evidence [… the prince] had abused his aide in the past, showing jurors video shot in the Landmark’s elevator which appears to show the shaven-headed prince, dressed in white, throwing his 32-year-old servant around and battering him. Abdulaziz, dressed in black, occasionally tries to protect his head but otherwise meekly absorbs the punches. “It is a nasty assault with the victim suffering a whole series of blows being struck with both fists and elbows,” Laidlaw said. “What is also evident from the victim’s behavior is that he had become by this point almost entirely submissive. He either could not or did not at any stage offer any sort of resistance to the assault, attempt to fight back or even raise his hand to the defendant.”
Money really can’t buy you class.