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NEWS: Gay Saudi Prince Will Return Home To Serve Jail Sentence

By February 6, 2013

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Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir will be returned home from England to serve the remainder of his 20-year minimum sentence for killing his manservant Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz at their five-star hotel suite in London.

Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir, 36 and the grandson of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah II, was jailed in 2010 for the brutal murder caught on the hotel's security cameras. Prosecutors say the murder was fueled by alcohol. The judge described Sudanian servant Abdulaziz's role as a "human punching bag" for the prince.

Although Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir tried to deny his sexuality, prosecutors uncovered several meetings with gay escorts and visits to escort and massage websites.

Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir is being returned in an exchange program between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, which allows the swap of prisoners of each nation jailed in the other. The UK government has not released details as to when the prince will be returned or who he's being exchanged for.

Attorneys for Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir say the exchange could mean the end of his life, since homosexuality is punishable by death under Saudi law.
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