Saudi princess sentenced for plumber kidnapping in Paris

Mohammed bin Salman photographed in Paris with a smile on his face, June 2015

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Princess Hassa is the sister of Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince


A Saudi princess has obtained a 10-month suspended sentence over the beating and kidnapping of a plumber in her luxurious Paris condominium.

Hassa bint Salman is the 43-year-old sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and daughter of King Salman.


She is accused of telling her bodyguard to beat up a plumber who allegedly took photographs inside her dwelling.

Ashraf Eid mentioned the guard certain him and compelled him to kiss the princess’s toes.

On Thursday, a French courtroom discovered the princess responsible of complicity to violence with a weapon and complicity to kidnap.

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The princess – who was the topic of a world arrest warrant and was tried in absentia – was additionally ordered to pay a 10,000 euro (£eight,900) fantastic. She has beforehand denied the fees in opposition to her.

Her bodyguard, Rani Saidi, obtained an eight-month suspended sentence and a 5,000 euro (£four,460) fantastic.

What occurred?

In September 2016, Mr Eid was referred to as to the fifth ground of the posh condominium block on Avenue Foch within the French capital to repair a broken wash basin.

The Egyptian workman mentioned he took photographs of the lavatory which he wanted for his work.

However the princess was allegedly enraged to see her reflection captured within the mirror. The indictment mentioned she referred to as Mr Saidi who then beat and certain Mr Eid.

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The incident occurred at a luxurious condominium on Avenue Foch in Paris

The plumber mentioned he was pressured to kiss her toes and was not allowed to depart for a number of hours.

At one level the princess allegedly yelled: “Kill him, the canine, he does not need to reside.”

Mr Saidi informed the courtroom in July he heard the princess cry for assist and rushed in to see her and Mr Eid gripping the telephone.

“I seized (him) and overpowered him, I did not know what he was after,” he mentioned, and advised the plumber wished to promote the pictures. Taking photographs of the princess is illegitimate below Saudi regulation.

Defence legal professionals had questioned why Mr Eid returned to the residence within the following days with a invoice for 21,000 euros.

Who’s Princess Hassa?

In Saudi state media, Princess Hassa is hailed for her charity work and advocacy for ladies’s rights.

She is reported to have left France shortly after the incident. The princess had been questioned in regards to the allegations.

A French decide issued an arrested warrant in March 2018, forcing her to remain in Saudi Arabia.

Her lawyer, Emmanuel Moyne, reportedly mentioned throughout the trial that she had supplied to seem in courtroom through Skype.

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