Saudi officials pay princess' $5M bail
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Saudi Arabian officials issued a $5 million check to bail a member of the royal family out of the Orange County, Calif., Jail, officials said on Friday.
Meshael Alayban, 42, is reported to be one of six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud. She was arrested Wednesday because a Kenyan woman reportedly being forced to work as a servant fled one of the princess' four condos in an Irvine residential complex, south of Los Angeles, boarded a bus and eventually made her way to police.
Prosecutors said Alayban “did unlawfully deprive and violate the personal liberty” of the Kenyan by forcing her to cook, clean, do laundry and perform other household chores for meager pay.
The maid said her passport had been confiscated by the princess.
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas likened Alayban to a slave owner.
“It's been 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation,” he said.
Defense attorney Paul Meyer declined to comment.
The Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Los Angeles refused to answer questions.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Gun rights supporters protest Obama’s trip to Oregon after campus shooting
- Scotland Yard’s Crime Museum goes on display in London
- Searchers find cousins alive in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge area
- More emails on Benghazi to go public
- Arizona, Texas university shootings kill 2
- Iowa ex-lottery security officer hit with new charges
- Drone in Ellipse leads to citation for operator
- Hurricane remnants hit Alaska coast
- Key cod-fishing spots in dire shape
- Inmates help dying prisoners in Ohio hospice
- House OKs end of oil export ban adopted in 1970s in response to Arab embargo