8 Emirati Princesses Convicted For Human Trafficking, Mistreating Staff

The Brussels criminal court handed the eight women from Abu Dhabi's ruling al-Nahyan family 15-month suspended sentences for human trafficking and degrading treatment

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8 Emirati Princesses Convicted For Human Trafficking, Mistreating Staff

The princesses are relatives of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.

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  1. The 8 accused did not appear in court throughout the proceedings
  2. They were accused of mistreating Brussels hotel staff 10 years ago
  3. The princesses are members of Abu Dhabu's ruling Al Nahyan family
Eight Emirati princesses were convicted of human trafficking by a Belgian court on Friday and were given suspended jail terms and fines in a case stemming from their treatment of servants at a Brussels luxury hotel nearly 10 years ago, their lawyer said.

The Brussels criminal court handed the eight women from Abu Dhabi's ruling al-Nahyan family 15-month suspended sentences for human trafficking and degrading treatment, the lawyer, Stephen Monod, said.

He said the defence was pleased the case was finally resolved after nearly a decade.

"Belgian justice has appropriately assessed this case which has generated many misconceptions," he said in a statement.

The defendants were acquitted of the more serious charge of inhuman treatment but also ordered to pay a fine of 165,000 euros ($184,000), with half the sum suspended.

The eight accused did not appear in court throughout the proceedings.

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The case was brought after a servant of the family slipped out of the hotel where the women stayed for several months in 2007 and 2008 and complained to Belgian police.
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