Saudi Arabia’s Princess Hassa bint Salman will go on trial in absentia on Tuesday on charges of complicity to violence with a weapon and complicity to kidnap an Egyptian-born artisan who was carrying out repairs at her father’s residence on Paris’ exclusive Avenue Foch in September 2016.
According to the indictment, seen by Reuters News Agency, workman Ashraf Eid told police the bodyguard bound his hands, punched and kicked him and forced him to kiss the princess’ feet after she accused him of filming her on his mobile phone.
The bodyguard was placed under formal investigation on suspicion of armed violence, theft and holding a person against their will and denied bail on October 1, 2016.
Eid told police that, as he was being beaten, Princess Hassa treated him like a dog and said to him “You’ll see how you speak to a princess; how you speak to the royal family.”
The princess, 43, the sister of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), denies any wrongdoing.
Her French lawyer Emmanuel Moyne said the investigation was based on falsehoods and he said she had never made such remarks.