19 February 2020

Saudi princess got arrested for beating workman

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The daughter of King Salman of Saudi Arabia received a 10-month suspended prison sentence yesterday for ordering her bodyguard to beat up a plumber in her Paris flat. reports citing Independent that Princess Hassa bint Salman, the elder half-sister of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, became enraged because she thought that Asraf Eid, the plumber, had photographed her on his mobile, a French court was told.

Mr. Eid said he had been taking pictures of a room so he could return furniture to the same positions when he finished his work.

"She called me a dog who didn't deserve to live, and called her bodyguard," he told the court.

Rani Saida, the bodyguard, snatched his phone, bound his hands, punched and kicked him and forced him to kiss the princess's feet, according to the plumber.

The princess (43) was sentenced in absentia.

The court found her guilty of complicity in violence, sequestration, and theft of the plumber's phone. She was also fined €10,000. Saida was given an eight-month suspended sentence and fined €5,000.

Both defendants said they would appeal.

The Saudi government communications office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

2019.09.13 / 14:52
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