Princess Hassa bint Salman, sister to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will go on trial for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to assault a worker at her Paris apartment in September of 2016. The trial will begin on July 9.
Rabat – The apartment, located on one of the most prestigious streets in the French capital, boasts elite residents including members of the Onassis and Rothschild families.
Princess Hassa bint Salman had hired the victim to refurbish her apartment. While in the apartment, he took a photo of the room he was renovating. Bint Salman, said to be in her 40s, allegedly became irate and accused the worker of intending to sell the picture to the media.
According to Sky News, bint Salman ordered her bodyguard to attack the worker and shouted: “Kill him, the dog, he doesn’t deserve to live.”
The victim was punched in the face, tied up by the bodyguard, and held in the apartment for hours.
He also claimed the Princess forced him to kiss her feet.
The pair eventually let the worker go but confiscated his tools. AFP reported that the beating was so severe that the victim was out of work for eight days.
On October 1, 2016, French authorities charged bint Salman’s bodyguard with armed violence, theft, issuing death threats, and holding someone against their will.
The powerful Salman royal family is no stranger to legal controversy.
Bint Salman’s brother Mohammed bin Salman has faced ongoing controversy after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Once considered a symbol of modernization in Saudi Arabia, the Crown Prince was accused of ordering Khashoggi’s killing in retaliation for his criticism of the Saudi Regime.
While the court case will begin in a few weeks, bint Salman will likely be tried in absentia. An international warrant was issued for her arrest in 2017, but the Princess has not been apprehended.