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Saudi prince accused of hotel murder remains in custody

Landmark Hotel
The body was found in a third-floor suite

A Saudi Arabian prince accused of murdering his aide in a five-star hotel has been remanded in custody.

A bail application for Saud Bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir Bin Abdulaziz al Saud, 33, was adjourned to give the defence team more time to prepare.

Mr Al Saud is accused of strangling Bandar Abdullah Abdulaziz, 32, whose body was found at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, central London.

He is charged with murder and grievous bodily harm against the same man.

Mr Saud's father, a nephew of the Saudi Arabian king, was at the Old Bailey to watch his son's hearing.

A post-mortem examination on Mr Abdulaziz's body has found he died of strangulation and head injuries.

Michael Wolkind QC, counsel for Mr Al Saud, has previously said: "We look forward to a trial where we will expose a prosecution case which has turned a genuine friendship with the deceased to a false relationship of master and servant.

"The prosecution has turned a genuine tragedy into a wrongful accusation of murder."

Mr Al Saud had been in London for a four-week sightseeing trip.

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