Hassa bint Salman, 42, daughter of King Salman, a sister of the kingdom’s powerful de facto ruler, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, known widely by his initials “MBS”, found guilty of ordering bodyguard Rani Saidi to beat up plumber Ashraf Eid at her apartment in Paris in 2016.
She is found guilty of being complicit in the assault of a contractor in her Paris apartment three years ago, in which he had accused her of saying of him, “This dog must be killed.”
Mr Eid was working on the seventh floor of the luxury apartment block owned by the Saudi royals on Avenue Foch, a favourite destination of foreign millionaires in Paris, when he was called to the fifth floor to repair a damaged wash basin.
He took pictures of the bathroom which he told investigators he needed to carry out his work. While taking pictures 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.
Mr Eid claims that the princess flew into a rage after he caught her reflection in a mirror on camera. She called in her bodyguard, who allegedly beat him.
Mr Eid claims, he was hired to carry out refurbishment work at Princess Hassa’s apartment and that she became angry after he took a photograph, accusing him of wanting to sell it to the media.
He alleges the princess, said to be in her 40s, then ordered the bodyguard to beat him up, the princess shouted: ‘Kill him, the dog, he doesn’t deserve to live’.
The workman says he was punched in the face, his hands were tied and he was forced to kiss the princess’s feet during an hours-long ordeal.
His tools were confiscated before he was allowed to leave but his injuries were so severe that he was ordered off work for eight days.
The princess and her bodyguard Mr. Saïdi were taken into custody after Mr. Eid filed a complaint with the Paris police.
Mr. Saïdi was detained for over two months, but Princess Hassa was released after several hours, and returned to Saudi Arabia.
The bodyguard was charged on October 1, 2016 with armed violence, theft, issuing death threats and holding someone against their will.
While princess left France soon after the 2016 incident, and although French authorities issued an international arrest warrant, for the princess’s arrestin France in December 2017.
Bodyguard was given an eight-month suspended sentence and a €5,000 fine. While princess Hassa bint Salman, who was not in court for the verdict, was tried in absentia, she was also fined €10,000 (£8,950).