Friday, 30 March 2012

Saudi prince accused of raping Spanish model on his yacht is finally cleared of charges four years later


A Spanish court has dropped a rape probe against a Saudi prince who is one of the world's richest people, saying his accuser's allegations are inconsistent. The ruling clearing Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, 57, was released today by a court in Palma, Majorca. The drugging and sexual assault of a young Spanish model was alleged to have occurred aboard a yacht moored at the island of Ibiza in the early hours of August 12, 2008. A judge on the popular resort island quietly closed the probe in 2010, citing a lack of evidence. However, a higher provincial court in the Balearic Islands, which include Ibiza, accepted an appeal by the plaintiff and issued an order in September 2011 instructing the same magistrate to resume the probe and question the prince as a suspect. The prince was listed 29th on the latest Forbes list of the world's richest people, with a net worth of $18billion dollars (£11.3billion)

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