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The Saudi princess was convicted of kidnapping plumbers 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, Crown Prince

A Saudi princess has been given a ten-month suspended sentence for beating a plumber in his luxurious Paris apartment.

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 look up a plumber who allegedly took photos in her home.

Ashraf Eid said that the guard bound him and forced him to kiss the princess's feet.

] On Thursday, a French court found the princess guilty of gun violence and accompanying kidnapping.

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The princess ̵

1; who was the subject of an international arrest warrant and tried in absentia – was also ordered to pay a fine of € 10,000 (£ 8,900). She has previously denied the charges against her.

Her bodyguard, Rani Saidi, received an eight-month late sentence and a fine of € 5,000 (£ 4,460).

What happened?

In September 2016, Eid was called to the fifth floor of the luxury condominium on Avenue Foch in the French capital to fix a damaged washbasin.

The Egyptian worker said he took pictures of the bathroom that he needed for his work.

But the princess was allegedly upset to see her reflection trapped in the mirror. The prosecution said she called Saidi who then beat and tied Eid.

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The incident occurred in a luxury apartment on Avenue Foch in Paris

The plumber said he had to kiss her feet and was not allowed to walk for several hours.

The princess allegedly screamed, "Kill him, the dog, he doesn't deserve to live."

Mr. Saidi told the court in July that he heard the princess shout for help and rushed in to see her and Mr. Eid grab the phone.

"I grabbed (him) and overpowered him, I didn't know what he was looking for," he said, suggesting that the plumber wanted to sell the pictures. Taking pictures of the princess is illegal under Saudi law.

Defense lawyers had questioned why Eid returned to the home the following days with a bill for 21,000 euros.

Who is Princess Hassa?

In Saudi state media, Princess Hassa is praised for her charity work and advocates for women's rights.

She is reported to have left France shortly after the incident. The princess had been questioned about the charges.

A French judge issued an arrest warrant in March 2018, forcing her to stay in Saudi Arabia.

Her lawyer, Emmanuel Moyne, said during the trial that she had offered to appear in court via Skype.

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