Saudi prince hits back at Spanish rape claims

LAST UPDATED: 28 Sep, 2011 @ 08:52
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Saudi prince hits back at Spanish rape claims

By James Bryce

A super-rich Saudi prince accused of raping a 20-year-old model on a yacht in Ibiza has denied the claims.

Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud – the world’s 26th richest man – has produced documents which he claims prove that he was not in Ibiza at the time of the alleged assault.

The documents include passport stamps for the prince and the log of his yacht, Kingdom 5-KR, where it is claimed the alleged attack took place in August 2008.

“Having just learned of these allegations through press reports we are moving swiftly to prove that His Royal Highness was not in Spain,” said the Prince’s spokesman Heba Fatani.

“As the records show, he was in France in multiple public places with many friends and business associates.”

The Saudi royal took the step of revealing the documents after it emerged that a Spanish judge had reopened the case against him.

The original case was closed due to a lack of evidence, although toxicology results appeared to support the girl’s claims.

The prince’s spokesman, Heba Fatani, had earlier dismissed the allegations as ‘completely and utterly false’.

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