Saudi Prince commits suicide by jumping from balcony at London airport; video circulating
Saudi Prince,Bandar bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, committed suicide on Monday, March 12 at London International Airport
A video circulating on social media reportedly reveals that Saudi Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud committed suicide at London Airport by jumping from a balcony. However, Saudi Press Agency, the official news agency of the Kingdom, reported that the prince has passed away without revealing much detail on his death.
The SPA report reads that "In a statement today, the Royal Court announced that Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has passed away. Funeral prayers will be performed for his soul at Makkah-based Grand Mosque following Asr (afternoon) regular prayer on March 13, 2018 (Tuesday)."
Born in 1965, Prince Bandar was a businessman who held positions in several organizations. The best-known of his business activities is Al Watan in Saudi Arabia, a daily newspaper known for its progressive views. Bandar bin Khalid was the chairman of the board of directors of Assir Foundation for publishing and printing, which published of Al Watan. He was also the chairman of Investments Enterprises, a holding company with subsidiaries in many sectors.
Saudi Arabia is governed by Sharia, a conservative interpretation of Islamic law. As such, many common western freedoms are not part of everyday Saudi society. But in early 2003, some Saudi newspapers began to discuss extending Saudis certain non-traditional rights. Some of the most progressive views put forward during that time, known as the "Riyadh spring," were to be found inside the newspaper Al Watan, which is run and partly owned by Prince Bandar bin Khalid. Al Watan, which means "The Homeland" in Arabic, became a forum for reformist issues during this time.
In 2017, Prince Bandar was appointed as adviser to the Royal Court. Prince Bandar is the eldest son of Prince Khaled al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, the advisor of King Salman and the Emir of Mecca.
He contributed with his father to the establishment of the "Arab Thought Foundation" – which is one of the most prominent cultural organizations in the region that aims to achieve Arab cultural solidarity and promote the identity of the Arab civilization and its openness to the world through creative programs and initiatives.
Prince Bandar heads the administrative board of the "Arab Thought Foundation" – which he describes as a platform for creativity that encourages innovative ideas and pilot initiatives.He graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), where he specialized in Computer Science.
The prince's journey to economic and administrative excellence reached new horizons when he pursued his studies in the United States and received a Master's Degree from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts.He later returned to his home country, where he actively engaged in the public sector, by serving as member in several administrative boards in companies inside Saudi Arabia and abroad. His interest in the media stretches beyond mere knowledge, as he is the founder of many brands in the media. He was prominent in honoring Saudi companies and institutions through the media door, through an annual list that is supervised by his institution.