Saudi prince jailed for life by British court for murder

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A Saudi prince, the grandson of King Abdullah, was jailed for life by a British court Wednesday for murdering his servant in a London hotel.

Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir al Saud, 34, was ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years by a judge at London's Old Bailey, also known as the Central Criminal Court.

"It is very unusual for a prince to be in the dock on a murder charge. No one in this country is above the law," judge David Bean told Saud as he sentenced him.

The court convicted Saud on Tuesday of beating and strangling Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz to death on February 15 in the climax of a long campaign of violent sexual abuse.

© 2010 AFP

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