Monday, April 16, 2012

Model's spurious rape claim unjustly targeted world's richest Arab

A three-judge Spanish appeals panel has ordered “a final unappealable closure of a wholly false yet widely publicized claim” of alleged sexual assault lodged against a Saudi prince, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, 57. The prince was accused of an alleged sexual assault by a young Spanish model identified only as "Soraya," who claimed she was drugged and raped aboard the Turama yacht moored in Ibiza in August 2008.

The prince has maintained that he was not even in Ibiza that day, but in France with his wife, children, grandchildren and other witnesses.

The model originally pointed out another man as the alleged rapist. A year after the case was brought, her lawyers somehow concluded that the prince supposedly was the rapist. The model and her mother Susana admitted that they only learned of HRH Prince Alwaleed by searching the internet for
"Saudi Royal Family."  The prince is the richest Arab in the world with a €13.78 billion fortune according to Forbes. He's one of the top 20 richest people in the world.

The Palma de Mallorca Provincial Court ruling pointed to a number of “inconsistencies, the absence of any corroborating evidence of her continuously changing story and the fact that all the physical evidence, including a physical examination by an independent physician after the night in question and the report of an independent toxicologist, contradicted her claims of assault and drugging.”

In a statement the prince said: “No one’s character should be subject to such dishonest attacks.”  As a way of “discouraging” others from similar actions in the future, the prince is pursuing criminal actions against the model, her mother and her attorneys as well as professional sanctions against the lawyers for their “unethical behavior."

Among his many businesses of all kinds, Al Waleed is 30 per cent owner of Mixta Africa, a company dedicated to building cheap homes in Senegal, Algeria and Mauritias.