by Rachel Ogbu
A Saudi Prince who was shamed and jailed for life in Britain for sexually assaulting his male servant and then murdering him has been allowed to go home for the rest of his sentence. On Wednesday, the British government said Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir, a grandson of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah was flown back to the Middle Eastern country on Monday after he was granted a transfer less than three years in a British jail.
Details of the transfer read:
‘We have a prison transfer arrangement with Saudi Arabia which allows nationals of either country to serve their prison sentence in their home state,’ a ministry spokeswoman said.
‘Prince Saud has now returned to Saudi Arabia to serve the rest of his sentence. He was transferred in the same way that all prisoners are returned home and is the first prisoner to transfer under this arrangement.’
As part of the arrangement, he must serve the life sentence, with a minimum of twenty years.
According to reports, Abdulaziz bin Nasir, 36, was jailed in 2010 for killing Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz in a London hotel after a ‘sadistic’ bout of violence and sexual abuse.
Although the prince denied being gay, prosecutors said bite marks on his servant’s cheeks showed a clear ‘sexual element’ to the killing. Also during his trial at England’s Old Bailey central criminal court in London, there were reports that he had ordered gay escorts and had frequently looked at websites for gay massage parlours and escort agencies.
The jury heard that the prince beat and strangled Abdulaziz to death on 15 February, 2010, fuelled by champagne and cocktails, after the pair returned from a Valentine’s Day night out.
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.
A ministry of Justice spokeswoman was questioned as to what procedures were in place to make sure that the prince would not be given preferential treatment as a result of his royal connections, she said that the supervision of his sentence is now a matter for Saudi Arabia.
His lawyers argued that he could face the death penalty in Saudi Arabia over the allegations of homosexuality.
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