PARIS — A French court found the only daughter of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman guilty of complicity in violence Thursday for ordering her bodyguard to detain and strike a plumber for taking photos at the Saudi royal family’s apartment in Paris.
Princess Hessa bint Salman wasn’t present for the Paris court’s verdict and sentencing on multiple charges. The court gave her a 10-month suspended prison sentence and a 10,000-euro ($10,970) fine, tougher than the penalties prosecutors sought. The prosecution asked for a six-month suspended prison sentence and 5,000-euro fine.
The prosecution alleged the princess became enraged when she saw the plumber capturing her image at the royal residence near the Champs-Elysees, fearing the pictures could be used to harm her as the Saudi monarch’s daughter and the older half-sister of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
She left France shortly after the September 2016 incident, and was tried in absentia. The court found her guilty of sequestration and theft of the plumber’s telephone, as well as complicity in violence.
Her lawyer, Emmanuel Moyne, called the verdict “inexplicable” and said he would appeal.
The court also found the bodyguard, Rani Saida, guilty on charges of violence, sequestration and theft. His sentence matched what the prosecution requested: an 8-month suspended jail term and a 5,000-euro fine. — (AP)