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Lawyer for Saudi Prince Denies Prince Enslaved Servants

June 20, 1992

HOUSTON (AP) _ Two former servants of Saudi Prince Saad Al Abdul-Aziz Al Saud say in a lawsuit the prince held them prisoner, but a lawyer for the prince denied the allegations.

″The ladies went up and down the elevators and could leave the floor,″ Craig Smyser said. ″The women were not prisoners.″

Saad has lived on two floors of the Ritz-Carlton since fall 1990. He is undergoing cancer treatment in Houston.

Josephine Alicog of the Philippines and Sriyani Marian Fernando of Sri Lanka said in a civil lawsuit filed May 26 they were partially and infrequently paid, denied medical treatment, mentally and physically abused and were restrained against their will ″by means of unlawful threats, intimidation and physical force.″

Smyser said the prince didn’t have a contract with the women, who were recruited in their home countries to work in Saudi Arabia. They lived at the hotel as part of the royal retinue for several months and left in December.

A second lawsuit said a man staying in the prince’s part of the hotel sexually assaulted a hotel maid. Smyser said the prince didn’t know about the alleged attack and had no recollection of who was in the room at the time.

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