CNN – The sister of Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is on trial in Paris, facing allegations she ordered a bodyguard to beat and humiliate a local craftsman who was renovating her luxury apartment three years ago.

Ashraf Eid, an Egyptian-born French national, alleges that the princess’s bodyguard attacked him after she accused him of taking photos and videos of her in September 2016, the judge recounted as proceedings began on Tuesday. He says the guard hit him, tied up his wrists, put a gun to his head and ordered him to kiss the princess’s feet.
Hassa bint Salman Al Saud is being tried in absentia on charges of armed violence and complicity to hold someone against their will. But a member of Princess Hassa’s defense team told CNN outside the courtroom that their client firmly denies the accusations and was requesting acquittal, insisting that media coverage of the case had been unfair to the Saudi royal…

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