Emi­rates princesses on trial in Bel­gium over ser­vant abuse

Cape Breton Post - - World -

BRUS­SELS — A Bel­gian court is hear­ing the case of a princess from Abu Dhabi and her seven daugh­ters ac­cused of mis­treat­ing around 20 ser­vants forced to work for them in a plush Brus­sels ho­tel.

The case dates from 2008, when po­lice raided the Con­rad Ho­tel where the now 64-yearold princess, Sheikha Hamda Al-Nahyan, had rented out the en­tire 4th floor for a few months.

Around 15 plain­tiffs are in­volved in the case. They claim that some of the ser­vants were forced to sleep on the floor and tend to the princesses around the clock for lit­tle or no money.

None of the ac­cused ap­peared in court for the closed-door hear­ing, end­ing Friday. Lawyers de­clined to talk to re­porters while the case was be­ing heard.

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