Saudi royal ‘or­dered guard to kill dec­o­ra­tor’

> Princess Hassa flees Paris, claims diplo­matic im­mu­nity

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

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