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Saudi Prince Convicted of Murder Fueled by Sex, Booze; Servant Was Killed in London Hotel

This police handout image from an elevator sercurity camera shows Saudi Arabian Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud as he attacks his servant, Bandar Abdulaziz. The prince was found guilty of murder Oct. 19, 2010 in London. (AP Photo)

Saudi Prince Convicted of Murdering Servant
Surveillance video shows Saudi Prince as he attacks his servant. (AP)

LONDON (CBS/AP) Saudi Arabia Prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud was convicted Tuesday of murdering one of his servants in a British hotel, in a frenzied attack fueled by alcohol and sex.

A jury in London's Old Bailey criminal court found the 34-year-old prince guilty of murdering his servant, Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz, at the Landmark Hotel in London on Feb. 15, 2010.

Al Saud, whose grandfather is a brother of the current Saudi king, faces a possible life prison term in prison when he is sentenced on Wednesday.

The jury deliberated 95 minutes before returning its verdict.

Prosecutor Jonathan Laidlaw said 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.

Photographs of Abdulaziz stored on a mobile phone "plainly proved" that there was a "sexual element" to the abuse, Laidlaw said.

"The prince was fueled by champagne and 'sex on the beach' cocktails when he bit the 32-year-old hard on both cheeks during the attack in February," the U.K.'s Telegraph newspaper reported.

Al Saud believed he would be protected from prosecution in the U.K. because of diplomatic immunity, the Telegraph reported.

He faces a likely death sentence if he returns to Saudi Arabia, not because of the murder but because he is gay, and homosexuality is a capital crime there.

  • Edecio Martinez

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