French Judge Has Issued Arrest Warrant for Saudi Princess

At that point the bodyguard grabbed the plumber and punched him in the head, according to the account.

The bodyguard then tied the plumber’s hands and ordered him to get down on his knees and kiss the feet of the princess, it said. He was allowed to leave only hours later, and his tools were confiscated.

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The marks on his body were visible to the police when they took his testimony later, according to the account in Le Point.

The plumber filed a complaint, and an investigation was opened. Within a month of the incident, the bodyguard was charged with engaging in violence using a weapon, illegally confining a person, theft and making death threats.

Princess Hassa’s lawyer at the time, Elie Hatem, told Le Parisien, a daily newspaper, that the princess believed that the plumber was trying to take photos to sell to the media and that she was trying to grab the phone from him when the bodyguard arrived.

After the incident, Princess Hassa returned to Saudi Arabia, where she has been put under house arrest by her half brother, Prince Mohammed, according to a relative who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

The princess has stopped attending family functions or going out in public, although she was permitted to attend a funeral this week, the relative said.

Aurelien Breeden contributed reporting from Paris, and Ben Hubbard from Beirut, Lebanon.

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