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    Emirati princesses convicted for human trafficking

    Eight Emirati princesses were convicted of human trafficking by a Belgian court on Friday and were given suspended jail terms and fines in a case stemming from their treatment of servants at a Brussels luxury hotel nearly 10 years ago, their lawyer said.
    The Brussels criminal court handed the eight women from Abu Dhabi's ruling al-Nahyan family 15-month suspended sentences for human trafficking and degrading treatment, the lawyer, Stephen Monod, said.
    He said the defence was pleased the case was finally resolved after nearly a decade.
    A judge speaks during the trial in front of the Brussels criminal court for human trafficking earlier this year
    A judge speaks during the trial in front of the Brussels criminal court for human trafficking earlier this year CREDIT: AFP
    "Belgian justice has appropriately assessed this case which has generated many misconceptions," he said in a statement.
    The defendants were acquitted of the more serious charge of inhuman treatment but also ordered to pay a fine of €165,000 (£144,882), with half the sum suspended.
    The eight accused did not appear in court throughout the proceedings.
    The case was brought after a servant of the family slipped out of the hotel where the women stayed for several months in 2007 and 2008 and complained to Belgian police.
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