The Court of Cassation will look at the Conrad hotel human trafficking case on Wednesday. A princess from the United Arab Emirates and seven of her daughters are charged with exploiting around twenty women at the luxury hotel in Brussels in 2008.
The Court of Cassation has already examined the case, back in 2013. It overruled the Brussels Indictment division’s decision, which would have sent the defendants to the Correctional Tribunal.
The Court of Cassation made its decision based on a police raid of the Conrad hotel at the time of the incident. This search was inadmissible: the police should have asked for a search warrant, which they didn’t.
The Court of Cassation passed the case on to the Brussels Indictment division, so it could re-examine the case. The Indictment division ruled to send the defendants to the Correctional Tribunal again in 2014, but the defence once again appealed.
The case dates back to 2008. The police found out the United Arab Emirates royal family, who had rented an entire floor of the luxury Conrad hotel in the avenue Louise in Brussels, was exploiting around twenty women of different nationalities.
In 2012, the Brussels Indictment division sent the Sheik of Abu Dhabi’s widow, princess Sheikha Hamda Alnehayan, seven of her daughters and their butler to the Correctional Tribunal.
They are charged with human trafficking, inhuman and degrading treatment and imprisonment.
Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)