A Saudi Prince and a Murderer
The Prince on Trial
Adept—and certainly very expensive—lawyering skills on retainer also likely accounted for Al Saud's deportment throughout the court proceedings. According to those at the trial, Al Saud showed little or no emotion throughout the court proceedings. He did not flinch or seem to react to the horrific details of Mr. Abdulaziz's death presented by the prosecution.
It seemed to be the intention of the defense to make Al Saud look as unthreatening to the jury as they could. UK defense attorneys, like their U.S. counterparts, can spend a lot of time coaching their clients on how to carry themselves and look and act during the trial of a criminal case. But even without very expensive coaching, Al Saud's small stature alone would have made him look seem an unlikely murderer. He certainly did not look like the monster the jury saw in the video maliciously striking his companion during his ugly and very violent outbursts of anger.
Al Saud's father and brother flew from Saudi Arabia for the trial in a show of support for Al Saud. It was obvious to court observers that the father was well attended as well. "His father had an entourage with him when he came and went up in the public gallery," Coleman said. "You could tell the other people with him helped him find his seat and take his coat off and get settled."
The father didn't show much emotion, either, throughout much of the trial. "He just seemed stoic most of the time," Coleman said. "But he certainly stared at his son much of the time. Some people thought it was sad that [Al Saud] hardly ever returned his father's look."
Al Saud did stare back at his father one time, Coleman said. That was when the prince was being led down to the cells. Despite his father's status and money, there was nothing he could do for his wayward son.