Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud claims rape charges are bogus.


Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

THE accusation that the richest man in the Arab world, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, raped a Spanish woman on a luxury yacht off Ibiza three years ago has been refuted in an official document.

The documents include a full travel agenda, passport visa stamps and witness statements about the prince’s whereabouts which show that the prince was not in Ibiza in August 2008 when the incident supposedly took place.

Twenty-year-old model Soraya said she was drugged at an Ibiza nightclub and taken to the yacht and raped. Accusations were “completely and utterly false” said a spokeswoman for the prince’s company last week.

“The prince did not charter a yacht in Ibiza or take his own yacht there at the time the model said she was assaulted.” “Neither the prince nor his lawyers have ever been contacted by the court in Spain,” the spokeswoman said.

“However, we have widely disseminated this documentation into the public record, and certainly expect that Spanish authorities now have full access to these materials.”

The case was originally closed in July 2010 by an Ibiza judge due to lack of evidence but the decision has since been appealed.

Traces of semen were collected when the woman reported the incident to the police.

“Instead of documents, the prince should simply provide a DNA sample if he wants to close this matter,” said Javier Beloqui, one of Soraya’s lawyers, according to a New York Times report.

Billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is the largest individual stakeholder in Citigroup and the second-largest investor in the News Corporation, among other holdings.

Forbes valued his fortune this year at $19.4 billion (€14.2bn), making him the 26th richest man in the world. He is also the nephew of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

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