UK court sentences Saudi prince to at least 20 years

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 20, 2010 13:06

LONDON (AP) — A British court on Wednesday sentenced a Saudi prince to at least 20 years in prison for beating and strangling one of his servants at a swank British hotel.

Justice David Bean sentenced Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud to life in prison with a 20 year minimum for the brutal assault at the Landmark Hotel in London on February 15.

Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw said the prince had abused his aide in the past and that photographs stored on a mobile phone "plainly proved" that there was a "sexual element" to the abuse.

Bean said that while it is unusual for a prince to be a defendant in an murder case, "No one in this country is above the law."

The 34-year-old prince's grandfather is a brother of the current Saudi king.


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