Hassa bint Salman, seen by many analysts as the de-facto leader of the oil-rich Gulf kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been dragged to a French court.
She was docked, after her bodyguard allegedly beat a labourer doing repairs on her luxury Paris apartment.
The princess who is a sister of Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince went on trial on Tuesday after she was accused of ordering her bodyguard to beat up a worker who took a photo inside her luxury room.
She stands accused in absentia for ordering her bodyguard, who is also charged, to beat up Ashraf Eid after he was seen taking a photo inside her home in September 2016.
Eid had told French investigators he needed the pictures taken with his phone to carry out the work while the princess, who denies the allegations and was not present in court, suspected Eid of planning to sell the photo of her apartment on the Avenue Foch, a favourite destination for foreign millionaires in western Paris.
Eid, who was also not present in court, has said he was tied up and ordered to kiss the feet of the princess – who is believed to be in her 40s and is idolized in Saudi state-run media for charity work.
The repairman said he was then beaten up and had his tools confiscated during an ordeal that lasted several hours.
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