Report: King Fahd Niece Charged with Beating Her Maid in Florida

Published December 19th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

A Saudi princess has been charged with beating and humiliating her servant and was scheduled to go before a Florida judge Wednesday. Princess Buniah al-Saud, a niece of Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd, was detained Tuesday on charges of beating Indonesian maid named Memet Ismiyati (aged 36). Princess Buniah (aged 41) could get up to 15 years in prison if the case goes to trial and she is convicted, US press reports say. 


Neighbours called the police last Friday after they saw Memet Ismiyati, ran crying from the dwelling she shared with the Saudi princess. According to the reports, Ismiyati testified at the police station that Princess al-Saud beat her, hit her head against a wall and pushed her down a flight of stairs, leaving her incapable to walk. In an immediate comment, the Saudi Embassy in Washington declared the princess had diplomatic immunity.  


Six years ago, another Saudi princess was accused of whipping her servants while in Orlando. Princess Maha Al-Sudairi, wife of the heir to the Saudi throne, allegedly beat a servant suspected of stealing over $350,000 in cash and jewellery in front of sheriff's deputies providing off-duty security for the princess. ( 



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