Princesses guilty of traf­fick­ing and abuse

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BRUS­SELS: Eight Emi­rati princesses have been con­victed of hu­man traf­fick­ing by a Bel­gian court. They were were given sus­pended jail terms and fines in a case stem­ming from their treat­ment of ser­vants at a Brus­sels lux­ury hotel nearly 10 years ago, their lawyer said.

Yes­ter­day, the court handed the eight women from Abu Dhabi’s rul­ing al- Nahyan fam­ily 15- month sus­pended sen­tences for hu­man traf­fick­ing and de­grad­ing treat­ment, Stephen Monod said.

He said the de­fence was pleased the case was fi­nally re­solved af­ter nearly a decade.

“Bel­gian jus­tice has ap­pro­pri­ately as­sessed this case, which has gen­er­ated many mis­con­cep­tions,” he said.

The de­fen­dants were ac­quit­ted of the more se­ri­ous charge of in­hu­man treat­ment but or­dered to pay a fine of 165 000 (R2.39 mil­lion).

The case was brought af­ter a ser­vant of the fam­ily slipped out of the hotel where the women stayed for sev­eral months in 2007 and 2008 and com­plained to po­lice. – Reuters

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