In the Media

Saudi prince who killed manservant 'to be allowed home'

PUBLISHED November 13, 2012

Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir Al Saud is likely to be flown back to Saudi Arabia by the end of the year as part of a deal being cut by British officials, The Times has reported.

The grandson of Saudi's King Abdullah is one of 11 Saudi citizens in British jails that can now seek transfers home.

Under the prisoner transfer agreement, which came into operation in August, five Britons currently languishing in Saudi prisons can ask to serve the remainder of their sentences in the UK.

Mr Al Saud, 36, was found guilty at the Old Bailey two years ago of murdering his manservant Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, in a "sadistic" assault in their five-star London hotel suite.

The prince, fuelled by champagne and 'sex on the beach' cocktails, had brutally attacked Mr Abdulaziz, beating him 37 times and biting the 32-year-old on both cheeks.

The attack was the culmination of weeks of physical and sexual abuse, in which witnesses reported that the prince had treated his travelling companion as his "slave".

The judge had sentenced Mr Al Saud to 20 years at Wakefield top security prison, declaring that he had used Mr Abdulaziz, originally from Sudan, as a "human punch bag".

The prince had tried to cover up the murder. Following the attack he had ordered two glasses of milk and some water, dragged the corpse into the bed, and tried to clean up the blood. He told police that the victim had gained his injuries in an attack on a London street "weeks before", but the hotel's CCTV footage recorded the attack.