The trial of Saudi prince Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud for the murder of a servant in London took an interesting turn when the prosecution noted to the jury that, putting aside the murder allegation, Saud, 34, would have faced execution in the Kingdom for being gay. Saud allegedly murdered Bandar Abdulaziz, 32, (left) after repeated sexual assaults.
The prosecution explained that Sharia law dictates execution for homosexuals, noting that two male escorts testified that they performed sexual acts for the prince at the Landmark hotel.
The prosecutors also noted, however, that Sharia law can mean something different for Royal family members: “Whether the defendant would be prosecuted is a matter for the Saudi authorities but would to some extent depend on the wishes of his family. The defendant could be at risk from members of his own family who may feel that he has brought shame on the family. He could also be at risk from members of the victim’s family, although as he is a member of the Saudi royal family this risk would be reduced.”