An allegedly gay Saudi Arabian prince jailed for life for murdering his manservant was flown home to serve the rest of his sentence on Monday (18 March).
Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al Saud flew to Saudi Arabia after spending less than three years in a British jail.
The 36-year-old was convicted in 2010 of murdering Bandar Abdulaziz in a London hotel after weeks of attacks.
Despite the prince’s defence lawyers saying he will face the death penalty, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has reportedly received assurances from Saudi Arabia he will serve the rest of his sentence in jail.
As reported by The Times, a Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: ‘We have a prison transfer arrangement with Saudi Arabia which allows nationals of either country to serve their prison sentence in their home state.
‘Prince Saud has now returned to Saudi Arabia to serve the rest of his sentence. He was transferred in the same way that all prisoners are returned home and is the first prisoner to transfer under this arrangement.”
The remaining ten Saudi Arabian nationals in British jails and six Britons in Saudi prisons can apply to serve their sentences in their home states.
In the trial, prosecutors said there was a ‘sexual element’ to the killing, which also involved up to 37 separate blows. The prince then tried to cover up the murder.
The judge declared he had used Abdulaziz, originally from Sudan, as a ‘human punch bag’.
While Saud denied he was homosexual during the high-profile trial, the jury was told he ordered gay escorts and looked for gay massage parlours in London.