Saudi prince found guilty of murdering male servant, "sexual element" eyed

Saudi Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud was found guilty by a London criminal court Tuesday for beating and strangling his servant to death, reports The Independent. Saud, 34, now faces a life sentence for the murder of Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz, 32, at the Landmark Hotel in London on February 15.

During the attack, the prince bit his servant hard on both cheeks, which had an "obvious sexual connotation," BBC quoted the prosecutor.

Youtube video uploaded on October 6: CNN report on Saud’s trial

Saud had attacked Abdulaziz before the day of the murder, as seen in CCTV footages taken from a hotel elevator. The camera caught the prince battering his servant, who cowered in one corner. Saud was convicted of inflicting "grievous bodily harm with intent," according to the AP.

The prosecutor said photos of Abdulaziz found in a mobile phone "plainly proved" there was a "sexual element" to the abuse. The Independent said the Saudi royal’s lawyers "tried to cover up evidence of his homosexuality." Being gay is an offense punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.

"(Abdulaziz) was killed without apparently ever having fought back because the defendant was completely unharmed, without any mark at all, when he was examined at the police station. Bandar appears to have let the defendant kill him," the prosecutor said in an AP report on Yahoo News.

For more on this story, log on to Independent.co.uk, BBC.co.uk and Yahoo News.

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