Saturday, February 23, 2002
Well, I can't find a link to it anywhere on the Web, but a Florida judge has ruled that a Saudi princess accused of beating her maid can return to Saudi Arabia until it is time for her to stand trial.
Princess Buniah al-Saud's attorney told the judge she wanted to go home to celebrate Eid al-Adha, a holiday associated with the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca. When asked by her attorney if she would return, al-Saud said softly: "Of course I will."
Al-Saud, 41, a niece of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, added that her family's name would be tarnished if she didn't.
Circuit Judge Richard Conrad allowed her to have her passport back. A trial date has not been set and it was not known when the princess would leave the United States.
Chief Assistant State Attorney Bill Vose said he was reluctant to let al-Saud leave the country because the United States has no extradition treaty with Saudi Arabia and would have no legal recourse if she failed to return.
"This isn't the crime of the century," Vose said. "But I'm concerned that she won't come back because she has no legal reason to come back."
I'll be following this case, but I will honestly be very surprised if the princess returns to the United States. She's facing jail time and that just isn't for pampered princesses.