|Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud|
“A SAUDI prince who was jailed yesterday for a minimum of 20 years for murdering his manservant could use his royal connections to be transferred home much sooner.
An analyst close to the Saudis said that although al Saud’s homosexuality was an embarrassment, the authorities were likely to make diplomatic moves to bring him home.
“His father [Prince Abdulaziz] is very well respected, the family is close to the king,” said the source. “It is very sensitive. They will do this for his father, not for [him].”
The source said the authorities were likely to wait for several years before recommending a prisoner transfer agreement (PTA) with Britain as part of the battle against terrorism.
Britain has PTAs with other states, allowing foreign prisoners to finish their sentences abroad and Britons jailed abroad to return home.
The Saudi source said: “If it is still the wish of the father and the king, the prince will be bought home. It will be very quiet.”