The sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the target of a French arrest warrant for allegedly ordering her bodyguard to beat up a worker at her Paris apartment, legal sources said Thursday.
The warrant against Princess Hassa bint Salman, issued in late December, follows an alleged assault at her apartment on the ultra-expensive Avenue Foch in west Paris in September 2016, sources close to the case told AFP.
The arrest warrant for Princess Hassa bint Salman, which uses a French spelling of her name, Hussat ben Salmane, was issued in late December, a source said, confirming a report by Le Point magazine, which first broke the story.
The alleged victim was hired to carry out some refurbishment work at the princess’s apartment, located on the ultra-expensive Avenue Foch in western Paris, in September 2016.
France issued an arrest warrant for the sister of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on suspicion of ordering her bodyguard to assault a worker at her Paris apartment.
He maintains that he took a photograph of the room that he was set to work on and was accused of taking pictures to sell them to the media.
The worker alleges that the princess then ordered her bodyguard to “kill this dog,” claiming “he doesn’t deserve to live.”
He says he was punched in the face, his hands were tied and he was then forced to kiss the princess’s feet.
He was able to leave the apartment several hours later, according to his account – without his tools, which he says were confiscated.
The bodyguard was charged on October 1, 2016 with armed violence, theft, issuing death threats and holding someone against their will.
The 43-year-old Princess Hassa, who was confirmed by the bodyguard to be present during the incident, then fled Paris claiming diplomatic immunity.
Princess Hassa is he daughter of current Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and sister of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.