A French court has given the daughter of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman a ten-month suspended sentence for ordering her bodyguard to detain and beat a workman who was renovating a family apartment in Paris, reports The Guardian.
Hassa bint Salman, who was not in court for the verdict, was also fined 10,000 euros (£8,950). She left France soon after the 2016 incident, and although French authorities issued an international arrest warrant, she was tried in absentia.
Prosecutors said Hassa had flown into a rage with Ashraf Eid after he was called to repair a damaged washbasin in a luxury apartment block owned by the Saudi royal family near the Champs Élysée in central Paris.
While taking pictures of the bathroom, which he told investigators he needed to carry out his work, he caught her reflection on camera. Realising her image had been captured, she called in her bodyguard who tied Eid up, punched and kicked him and ordered him to kiss the princess’s feet.
Eid said he was only allowed to leave several hours later, after his phone had been destroyed, and claimed that at one point during his ordeal, the princess shouted: “Kill him, the dog, he doesn’t deserve to live.”
The punishment was heavier than prosecutors sought when the trial began in July. Hassa had been charged with complicity in an act of intentional violence, complicity in illegal confinement and complicity in theft, and they had recommended a six-month suspended sentence and a 5,000-euro fine.
Her bodyguard, Rani Saida, the only one of the three main protagonists to appear in court, was also found guilty on charges of violence, illegal confinement and theft. He was given an eight-month suspended sentence and a 5,000-euro fine.