Saudi royal ‘ordered guard to kill decorator’
> Princess Hassa flees Paris, claims diplomatic immunity
PARIS: A Saudi princess has reportedly left Paris while claiming diplomatic immunity after she allegedly ordered her bodyguard to kill a painter and decorator who was working for her in the French capital.
Princess Hassa, 42, the daughter of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, allegedly told her bodyguard to “kill this dog”, claiming “he doesn’t deserve to live”, after the painter and decorator carrying out work in her Paris apartment was caught taking photos.
The bodyguard is alleged to have hit the 53-year-old painter over the head following the command before tying the man up by the wrists and assaulting him for four hours, The Local reported.
He was then allegedly made to kiss the princess’s feet before being ejected from the building and told never to return.
The bodyguard was arrested in Paris and appeared in court on Saturday, the Mail Online reports. He is facing a number of charges including violence with a firearm, kidnapping and assisted kidnapping.
The bodyguard, who has not been named, reportedly told the judge he had undertaken the minimum action necessary to “restrain” the painter after he was found taking pictures.
He confirmed the princess was present during the incident and that he had been carrying an automatic pistol, which he is legally allowed to do because of his position as a diplomatic guard.
Princess Hassa has reportedly claimed no wrongdoing. She has left Paris and claimed diplomatic immunity, the Mail Online said.
The guard’s barrister, Elie Hatem, has disputed the allegations, claiming there were over 20 people in the apartment at the time, and said: “How can the facts as outlined by the complainant have been overlooked?”
The painter has requested that his tools be returned and 20,000 (RM92,000) he is owed for the work completed, Le Point said. – The Independent