A Saudi princess was sentenced in absentia on Thursday for ordering her bodyguard to beat and arrest a plumber to take photos in her Paris apartment.
Hessa bint Salman, the only daughter of Saudi King Salman and a half-sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was sentenced by the Paris court to a 10-month probationary sentence and fined 10,000 euros. The court found her guilty of confiscation and theft of the plumber's phone and of complicity in violence.
The Princess left France shortly after the incident in September 2016 FAMILIES THAT STOP SAUDIS: "SO INFURIATING I HAVE TROUBLE SEEING STRAIGHT"
Her bodyguard Rani Saida was convicted of violence, seizure and theft. He received an eight-month probation and a fine of 5,000 euros.
The prosecution said Princess Hessa called plumber Ashrad Eid into her apartment to repair a damaged sink. The craftsman said he had taken photos of the bathroom he needed for work, but the princess thought he was trying to photograph her when she saw her reflection in the mirror. Eid claimed that the princess had angrily ordered her bodyguard to tie him up and forced him to kiss the princess' feet and break Eid's phone.
The plumber said he should not go for several hours. Once he claimed that the princess had screamed, "Kill him, the dog, he does not deserve to live."
After the trial, the French lawyer of Princess Hassa, Emmanuel Moyne, called the plaintiff's allegations "imaginative" and promised that they would appeal. Saida said he heard Princess Hassa scream for help and hurried to find her and Eid on the phone.
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I did not know what he was looking for, "said the bodyguard, suggesting the plumber sell the pictures, according to the BBC, photographing the princess is illegal under Saudi law.
Eid's lawyer Georges Karouni greeted him "Courage" of his client to bring the case to court, saying the verdict is proof that "everyone is equal before the law."
Associated Press contributed to this report.