And the 34-year-old is a prince, too: The grandson of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. While being gay is punishable by death in the oil rich Gulf state, the elite can get away with anything and more...But not in Britain.
Saud had a manservant who the royal family had adopted as a little boy. Bandar Abdulaziz had a very dark complexion and his mother was unwed which meant that he had very little status in the social hierarchy of the Saudis. It's likely that that Saud abused him since they were kids.
The two had been travelling around the world last February when Abdulaziz was found beaten to death in a five-star London hotel. At first the prince claimed that the injuries were from a robbery which had taken place earlier on the street. He then attempted to use the 'anything goes' because I'm untouchable card which is called diplomatic immunity. Finally, admitting guilt, he expected the lesser charge of manslaughter.
On October 19th, 2010, at London's Old Baily Courthouse, Saud was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison. It was an open and shut case as the jury saw him beat his slave on the hotel's closed circuit television video tapes.
The brutality of this Saudi prince murderer is such that the victim did not fight back but, instead worshipped the ground his master walked on. While Abdulaziz suffered from injuries consistent with prolonged abuse including concussions, a fractured rib, and bite marks on his face, the prince had not a cut or a bruise on him.
Saudi Arabian television did not mention the crime or trial at all. However, many followed it online. The verdict is seen as a victory for the common people of the country as the elite can get away with anything. If this murder had taken place in the Gulf it would no doubt have been covered up.
King Abdullah's grandson will have the next twenty years to think about what he's done.