Saudi princess gets sus­pended jail term for as­sault on worker

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Paris: The daugh­ter of the King of Saudi Ara­bia was com­plicit in beat­ing up and briefly kid­nap­ping a work­man in her lux­ury flat Paris, a French court ruled on Thurs­day, sen­tenc­ing the princess to a 10-month sus­pended prison sen­tence.

Speak­ing after the verdict, Princess Hassa bint Sal­man’s French lawyer said most of the dec­la­ra­tions made by work­man Ashraf Eid were false and that an ap­peal would be lodged. Ac­cord­ing to the ini­tial in­dict­ment, Ashraf Eid told po­lice that the princess’ body­guard bound his hands, punched and kicked him and forced him to kiss the princess’ feet after she ac­cused him of film­ing her on his cell phone.

He told in­ves­ti­ga­tors his phone was forcibly taken from him and that as he was be­ing beaten, Princess Hassa had treated him like a dog, telling him “you’ll see how you speak to a princess, how you speak to the royal fam­ily.”

De­fence lawyer Em­manuel Moyne dis­puted the court’s con­clu­sions. “There was no theft and more­over there was no vi­o­lence. All the in­ves­ti­ga­tors’ find­ings, the med­i­cal cer­tifi­cates demon­strate that the ac­cu­sa­tions made by Eid are fan­ci­ful,” said Moyne .

The princess, 43, sister of Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, has con­sis­tently de­nied any wrong­do­ing through her lawyers. She was not in court for the verdict.

It was not clear whether the rul­ing would com­pli­cate re­la­tions be­tween Paris and Riyadh. France has nur­tured close ties with Saudi Ara­bia but those ties have been tested by Pres­i­dent Macron’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to sal­vage Iran’s nuclear ac­cord, which Saudi Ara­bia, along­side US, has adamantly op­posed. The Saudi gov­ern­ment com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fice did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Princess Hassa bint Sal­man’s lawyer said most of the dec­la­ra­tions made by the work­man were false

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