Slavery charges dropped against Saudi princess

Meshael Alayban has been accused of forcing Kenyan woman to work in US against her will
Slavery charges dropped against Saudi princess
By Daniel Shane
Sun 22 Sep 2013 10:31 AM

Slavery charges were against a female member of the Saudi Arabian royal family were dropped after US prosecutors ruled there was insufficient evidence to show a Kenyan woman was forced to work as her domestic helper.

Forty two-year old Meshael Alayban was arrested by police in Orange County, California, in July. Prosecutors accused Alayban of forcing her unnamed maid to work against her will for 16 hours per day, seven days per week, for just $220 per month. The victim claimed that she was unable to flee as Alayban had confiscated her passport.

Prosecutors identified Alayban as one of the wives of Saudi Arabia’s Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas however said that after further investigations the accusations could not be corroborated. “The evidence does not support the charges,” he said.

Alayban, whose defence team denied all accusations from the start, has now had her passport returned.

One of her lawyers Paul Meyer said that there was a “mountain of evidence” to show that the charges were without foundation. “The princess is innocent and this confirms that,” Meyer said.

Alayban’s defence team claimed that the Kenyan woman fabricated the charges in order to stay in the US.

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