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Eight UAE Princesses Convicted of Human Trafficking

Eight Emirati princesses were convicted of human trafficking by a Belgian court on June 23 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, said the lawyer, Stephen Monod. He said the defense was pleased that the case was finally resolved after nearly a decade. The defendants were acquitted of the more serious charge of inhuman treatment but also ordered to pay a fine of USD184,000, with half the sum suspended. The eight accused did not appear in court throughout the proceedings. 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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