Avenue Foch in Paris is an address which attracts the wealthy and influential [File: Creative Commons]

Hassa bint Salman, a Saudi princess, was on Thursday handed a 10-month suspended sentence by a French court for ordering a bodyguard to beat a workman at her luxury residence in Paris in 2016.

The 42-year-old, a sister of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the de facto ruler of the oil-rich Gulf state, had been charged with instructing her bodyguard to beat, hold captive and humiliate the plumber.

Bint Salman, a daughter of King Salman, was tried in absentia following an arrest warrant issued in December 2017. She did not show up for the trial since it kicked off in July this year.

She was also ordered by the

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