Saudi prince found guilty of murder

A Saudi prince was found guilty of murder Tuesday by the British jury.

According to CNN International, Prince Saud Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Saud was found guilty of murdering an aide, Bandar Abdulaziz, at a London hotel in February. He has also been convicted of "grevious bodily harm." The Los Angeles Times reported that Abdulaziz was found dead in his bed at the Landmark London Hotel on February 15.

Abdulaziz suffered broken ribs and bruises to his head and body. There were also signs of strangulation, brain injuries, and bite marks, the jury found, according to the Los Angeles Times. CNN International added that Abdulaziz died from a severe beating that led to injuries to his brain.

CNN International said that Saud did not deny killing Abdulaziz, but stated that he did not intend to do so. With that admittance, the British jury had to decide if Saud was guilty of murder or manslaughter. However, the Los Angeles Times reported that Saud initally told the police Abdulaziz was attacked and robbed at London's Edgware Road a couple weeks before he died. He also stated that Abdulaziz and another man had been out drinking on Valentine's Day night and when he awoke he had found his servent dead.

CNN International reported that this was not the first time Saud had mistreated Abdulaziz. However, prosecutors stated that the prince's consistent mistreatment of his aide had a sexual element to it. The Los Angeles Times supported this statement by saying that the court had heard from several hotel staffers who claimed the two seemed to be in a sexual relationship with each other.

Saud currently faces a lifetime sentence in Britain or deportation when he hears his sentence on Wednesday.

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