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Legal drama continues in the case involving Prince Mishal and his son at a London court. Their lawyer now says the princes consider themselves to be “exempt from immigration controls” when entering the United Kingdom, according to the Guardian:

Tim Otty QC, representing the two Saudi princes, disagreed. “They consider themselves to be exempt because of the physical events that occur when they come into this country.” They do not pass through immigration, he added.

The two Saudi princes, Otty said, also carry out duties in which they represent King Abdullah. Prince Mishal fulfills such a function around 30 times a year and works full time assisting the monarch, he said.

“Full time, a man of 86?” Vos inquired. The judge also asked the princes’ lawyer how many of the numerous Saudi royal family might be entitled to be considered members of the king’s household. “5,000?” he suggested.

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