Saudi princess complicit in beating up employee in luxurious Paris flat, guidelines French courtroom


PARIS, Sept 12 (Reuters) — The daughter of the King of Saudi Arabia was complicit in beating up and briefly kidnapping a workman in her luxurious flat Paris, a French courtroom dominated on Thursday, sentencing the princess to a 10-month suspended jail sentence.

Talking after the decision, Princess Hassa bint Salman’s French lawyer stated many of the declarations made by workman Ashraf Eid had been false and that an enchantment could be lodged.

In line with the preliminary indictment, Ashraf Eid informed police that the princess’ bodyguard sure his palms, punched and kicked him and compelled him to kiss the princess’ toes after she accused him of filming her on his cellular phone.

He informed investigators his cellphone was forcibly taken from him and that as he was being crushed, Princess Hassa had handled him like a canine, telling him “you’ll see the way you converse to a princess, the way you converse to the royal household.”

Protection lawyer Emmanuel Moyne disputed the courtroom’s conclusions.

“There was no theft and furthermore there was no violence. All of the investigators’ findings, the medical certificates display that the accusations made by Mr Eid are fanciful,” Moyne informed reporters.

The princess, 43, sister of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has persistently denied any wrongdoing by means of her attorneys. She was not in courtroom for the decision.

It was not instantly clear whether or not the ruling would complicate relations between Paris and Riyadh.

France has nurtured shut ties with Saudi Arabia however these ties have been examined by President Emmanuel Macron’s willpower to salvage Iran’s nuclear accord, which Saudi Arabia, alongside the US, has adamantly opposed.

The Saudi authorities communications workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Saudi royalty has confronted authorized issues in France earlier than.

In 2013, a French courtroom ordered that the French belongings of Saudi Princess Maha al-Sudairi, spouse of former inside minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, be seized over unpaid payments at a luxurious resort totalling virtually 6 million euros ($6.7 million).