Gay Saudi prince who murdered his manservant may seek asylum in UK
Published 20/10/2010 | 05:00
A Saudi prince who murdered his manservant in a frenzied attack in a London hotel room could apply for asylum and end up living in Britain.
Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al Saud was exposed as a homosexual during his murder trial, which puts him at risk of a death sentence if he returns to Saudi Arabia.
Britain's Foreign Office had warned that the 34-year-old may seek leave to remain if the sexual aspect of his case became public.
Saud has been targeted by Islamic fundamentalists while on remand in Belmarsh prison because of his sexuality.
He showed no emotion yesterday as he was found guilty of murdering Bandar Abdulaziz in the room they shared at the Landmark hotel. He beat and strangled his 32-year-old aide to death after weeks of abuse.
During the trial, his lawyers denied he was a homosexual, despite naked pictures of Mr Abdulaziz on the prince's phone. Saud also had contact with up to six homosexual male escorts while in London.
The prince had tried to claim diplomatic immunity and offered a £1m (€1.14m) deposit to be released on bail.
However, his efforts were rebuffed and he faces 25 years in jail when sentenced today for murder and committing grievous bodily harm. (© Daily Telegraph, London)