The Princess Files

Last month, a Saudi Princess was arrested in Massachusetts for enslaving two Indonesian women (as reported at the Saudi Institute). This is not the first time that a Saudi Royal Princess has been accused of servant abuse, in fact it is at least the third case of assault or abuse that has been filed against a Saudi Royal Princess.

Here is a description of how “The Help” was treated in a 2001 charge filed against Princess Buniah al-Saud:

Neighbors called 911 Friday after Ismiyati, 36, ran crying from the apartment she shared with the princess. She told deputies al-Saud beat her, hit her head against a wall and pushed her down a flight of stairs, leaving her unable to walk.

“When we talked to her (Ismiyati) through an Indonesian interpreter and saw the extent of her injuries, we upgraded the charges to a felony,” Stewart said.

Ismiyati told deputies she “couldn’t take it anymore.”

On a 911 tape released by the sheriff’s office, Ismiyati can be heard crying hysterically in the background while a neighbor talks to a dispatcher.

“Help me. Help me. The boss pushed me down the stairs,” Ismiyati told the dispatcher through an Indonesian translator on the telephone.

Ismiyati was treated at a hospital and released, but she was bruised badly and is walking with a cane, Sgt. Ken Mohler said.

In addition to cooking, cleaning and laundering clothes, Ismiyati Memet Suryono said she stayed by Princess Buniah al-Saud 24 hours a day. She stood at the shower to open and close the curtain when the princess bathed, she said, and was not allowed to close her bedroom door at night in case the princess needed her.

Princess Buniah al-Saud in Jail Blues

In another account of the incident in 2001, the servant, Soryono, said the abuse started when they moved to the US:

When Buniah, 41, arrived there last March to study at the University of Central Florida, she brought Soryono, 36, as her personal servant. In Saudi Arabia she had never hit her but, claimed Soryono, this changed in Florida. She says she was slapped for minor misdemeanours – such as walking in front of the princess while they were shopping.

Ismiyati was treated and released.

She said she was seldom paid her small salary of $200 a month and that the princess threatened to have her jailed when they returned to Saudi Arabia. One day last December Soryono tried to assert her rights. We are in America now, she told her employer.

The princess told her she could treat her how she liked because she was a member of the Saudi royal family with a diplomatic passport. Soryono answered back. And then, she claims, the princess reached out with two hands and pushed her. She fell backwards down the stairs, hitting her head and injuring a knee. She ran to a neighbour’s house and asked them to ring the police.

The princess was fined $1,000 and put on probation for the crime.

This was the second time a Saudi Princess was accused of servant abuse:

In 1995, Princess Maha al-Sudairi, wife of the heir to the throne, pummeled her driver, a man named Hamada whom she suspected of taking $200,000.

When al-Sudairi found out about the missing money, she threw a vase or potted plant at Hamada and then screamed and hit him, investigators said.

Deputies working off-duty at the time watched as the princess removed a sandal and beat Hamada, then punched him. The deputies did not report the battery.

Hamada later confessed to taking the money, and several deputies were disciplined in the incident.

Maha al-Sudairi was later appointed as consulate at the Arab-French Chamber of Commerce:

Maha pointed out that she will work at establishing institutes in hospitality and the arts in addition to introducing French pastry restaurants to the Saudi markets.

In March of this year another Saudi Princess living in Winchester, MA, was also accused of servant abuse. According to authorities:

A Saudi Arabian princess living in Winchester was arrested yesterday on federal charges of enslaving two Indonesian women to care for her wheelchair-bound prince and unruly sons who allegedly spit on the servants.

Federal prosecutors claim Jader threatened her maids, identified in court papers as “Tri” and “Ro,” with “serious harm or physical restraint” if they did not obey, and she paid each woman $75 per week while telling immigration officials they earned $375 per week.

Neighbors told the Herald the two maids wore mint green smocks and were spit upon by Jader’s five sons, who would arrive home from school and toss their backpacks in the garden for “Tri” and “Ro” to fetch. The children are 11 and older.

Hana F. Al-Jadr Hiding from Photograhers

“I asked them, `Why do you treat them so bad?’ And they said because they are women,” one neighbor said.

Princess Hana F. Al Jader was released on $1 million bond after her arrest and a court appearance:

A Saudi Arabian princess accused of forcing two Indonesian women to work as her servants in Winchester wiped tears from her face after a federal magistrate released her on a $1 million bond yesterday to care for her sick husband and six children.

The Princess pleaded not guilty.

Update: (About Noon) Michelle Malkin is linking to this “Little Princess” post in her “When Saudi Princesses Attack” posting.

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  • Anonymous

    This, and a myriad of other reasons, is pretty much why this whole concept of “Royalty” needs to be ended.


    We are all born of this earth.

  • Marcus Aurelius

    It doesn’t matter if they are royalty or not.

    This princess has a bad case of my ca-ca don’t smell-smell. I lived in the Middle East for six years and it did not take “royal” blood to cause one to abuse their help.

  • Marcus Aurelius

    It doesn’t matter if they are royalty or not.

    This princess has a bad case of my ca-ca don’t smell-smell. I lived in the Middle East for six years and it did not take “royal” blood to cause one to abuse their help.

  • Anonymous

    I lived in Saudi Arabia for 13 years and on numerous occasions (less than 10) had domestic servatns approach us pleading for help. Domestics were raped by their employers and when they became pregant, were put in prison as prostitues. As expats, there was nothing we could do but pray for them, and then only secretly. You would be horrified at the number of women and children in Saudi prisons as a result of these rapes by their employers. This is the religion of peace and love…. This is a war between the 14th century and the 21st century….wake up.

  • logicat

    Re the comment by anonymous. Was in total agreement until the unnecessary slur against Islam. How would you like it if I made snide comments about Christianity based on the Catholic church rape scandals?

  • RD

    As to whether an unnecessary slur was committed: Remember that when Anonymous expresses the irony, “This is the religion of peace and love”, he may be referring to the official Saudi version of Islam, Wahhabism.

    We wouldn’t want to slur anyone unnecessarily. Just to remove any doubt about the so-called “religion of peace and love”, here’s an excerpt from publications distributed in Saudi mosques on U.S. soil:

    Be dissociated from the infidels, hate them for their religion, leave them, never rely on them for support, do not admire them, and always oppose them in every way according to Islamic law.

    There is consensus on this matter, that whoever helps unbelievers against Muslims, regardless of what type of support he lends to them, he is an unbeliever himself.

    Never greet the Christian or Jew first. Never congratulate the infidel on his holiday. Never befriend an infidel unless it is to convert him. Never imitate the infidel. Never work for an infidel. Do not wear a graduation gown because this imitates the infidel.

    There is a concerted effort on the part of Saudi Arabia to replace existing imams around the world with people preaching from this playbook. Indonesia is but one example. Those reporting interactions with the average person there say they are now treated in a manner reflected by the comments above, as opposed to 20 or 30 years ago, where they were treated more like ordinary people. It appears the Saudis have been successful indeed.

    As exceprted from the Freedom House Report and Daniel Pipes via Vik Rubenfeld (though I confess I’m having trouble w/his URL at the moment):

    One insidious aspect of this propaganda is its aim to replace traditional and moderate interpretations of Islam with Wahhabi extremism. Wahhabism began only 250 years ago with the movement created by fanatical preacher Muhammad Ibn Abd alWahhab. Once a fringe sect in a remote part of the Arabian peninsula, Wahhabi extremism has been given global reach through Saudi government sponsorship and money, particularly over the past quarter century as it has competed with Iran in spreading its version of the faith.

    Okay, so as Daniel Pipes says, militant Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution.

    Residing among the unbelievers continuously is also forbidden because it is dangerous for the belief of the Muslim. That is why Allah made it obligatory to emigrate from the land of disbelief to the land of Islam. It also threatened those who, without having a legal excuse, do not emigrate. The Koran also forbade the Muslim to travel to the land of disbelief except with a legal excuse, and the ability to practice his religion freely. When his business in that land is done, he must go back to the land of Islam.

    (Ed: Or convert/subvert the land of the infidel into the land of Islam. That is “allowed” also.)

    Greetings from sunny Saudi Arabia!