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Sister of Saudi Crown Prince MBS confronts trial in Paris for alleged assault

Paris: The sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be tried in Paris next month for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to beat a worker in the French capital, a legal source told AFP Wednesday.

The case against Princess Hassa bint Salman stems from an alleged attack in her apartment on the ultra-expensive Avenue Foch in western Paris in September 2016.

The lawsuit will be reviewed on July 9, the source said.

The alleged victim said he was hired to do renovation work in Princess Hassa's apartment and that she became angry after taking a photo and accused him of wanting to sell to the media.

He claims that the princess, who is said to be in her forties, ordered the commander to beat him.

Le Point magazine reported that the princess shouted: "Kill him, the dog, he does not deserve to live".

The worker says he was beaten in the face, his hands were tied, and he was forced to kiss the princess's feet during an hour-long trial.

His tools were confiscated before he was allowed to leave.

At the time of the incident, AFP reported that his injuries were so severe that he was expelled from work for eight days.

The bodyguard was accused on 1 October 2016 of armed violence, theft, handing out death threats and holding someone against their will.

Princess Hassa is likely to be absent from the trial because she was not arrested under an international arrest warrant issued in 2017.

Lion Hassan is a sister of Prince Mohammed, one of the most powerful leaders in the Middle East, who is praised in the Saudi media for her charity work and the campaign for women's rights.

Known by his initials MBS, the 32-year-old Prince Mohammed has shaken Saudi Arabia and the Middle East in general since he was crowned prince in 2017.

Widely regarded as the de facto leader under his 82-year-old father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Mohammed introduced himself as a champion of moderate Islam.

But since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic, the crown prince has been confronted last year in October last year with a diplomatic crisis at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The Saudis, after initially denying knowing anything about the disappearance of Khashoggi, eventually acknowledged that a team had killed him in the consulate, but described it as a silly operation that did not involve the crown prince.

Princess Hassa's lawsuit is not the first time that Saudi kingship has violated the law in France.

In 2013, the French authorities ordered the seizure of property from the Saudi princess Maha al-Sudairi, the wife of the then Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, on a tab for an unpaid luxury hotel of nearly six million euros ($ 6) , 8 million).

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