Saudi Crown Prince’s sister denies bodyguard attacking worker in Paris apartment
June 13, 2019 – 8:40 PM
Participants take photos alongside a photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Misk World Forum in Riyadh, November 14, 2018. Reuters / Faisal Al Nasser
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s sister will face trial next month on charges that she ordered her bodyguard to beat up a craftsman working in her Paris apartment. The allegations are “unfounded,” his spokesperson said.
Hussa bint Salman’s defense team aims to “set the record straight” during the trial which is due to open on July 9, according to a spokesperson for her.
“The words attributed to her as well as the facts of which she is accused have nothing to do with reality,” said the spokesperson.
During the criminal investigation, the craftsman told French investigators that he took a photo of the room he was supposed to work in and was later accused of attempting to sell it to the media before Hussa bint Salman does not order his bodyguard to beat him, according to an official. at the Paris prosecutor’s office.
The case stems from an alleged assault in his apartment on the very expensive avenue Foch in western Paris in September 2016.
The trial is due on July 9, the source said.
The alleged victim said she was hired to do renovations at Princess Hassa’s apartment and got angry after he took a photo, accusing him of wanting to sell it to the media .
He alleges that the princess, who is believed to be in her 40s, then ordered the bodyguard to beat him.
Le Point magazine reported that the princess had shouted: “Kill him, the dog, he doesn’t deserve to live”.
The worker says he was punched in the face, had his hands tied and was forced to kiss the princess’s feet during a ordeal lasting several hours.
His tools were confiscated before he was allowed to leave.
AFP reported at the time of the incident that his injuries were so severe that he was forced to take eight days off work.
The bodyguard was charged on October 1, 2016 with gun violence, theft, death threats and involuntary detention.
Princess Hassa will likely be absent from the trial as she was not apprehended under an international arrest warrant issued in 2017.
Lionized in the Saudi media for her charitable work and campaign for women’s rights, Princess Hassa is the sister of Prince Mohammed, one of the most powerful leaders in the Middle East.
Known by his initials MBS, Prince Mohammed, 32, has rocked Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East since being elevated to crown prince in 2017.
Widely regarded as the de facto leader of his father, 82-year-old King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Mohammed has presented himself as a champion of moderate Islam.
But the crown prince has been facing a diplomatic crisis since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October last year.
The Saudis, after initially denying knowledge of Khashoggi’s disappearance, eventually admitted that a team had killed him inside the consulate, but described it as a dishonest operation that did not involve the crown prince.
Princess Hassa’s legal case is not the first time Saudi royalty has come up against the law in France.
In 2013, French authorities ordered the seizure of the property of Saudi Princess Maha al-Sudairi, wife of then Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, for an unpaid luxury hotel bill of nearly six million euros ($ 6.8 million).