Meshael Alayban, Saudi Princess from Maid Slave Case, Has Truth on Her Side: Lawyer

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See Update No. 7 on Page 3 about a hearing on Meshael Alayban's GPS monitoring device and her attorney saying the truth will set her free. Update Nos. 5-6 at the bottom of Page 2 are about the Saudi Arabian princess making her $5 million bail and being freed. Update Nos. 3-4 on Page 2 are about her arraignment being delayed, her relationship to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, her attorney's claim she is being set up, and the charges, possible punishments and movement restrictions she faces. Update Nos. 1-2 on the next page detail her bail being set at $5 million despite prosecutors seeking no bail.

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ORIGINAL POST, JULY 10, 12:58 P.M.: A 30-year-old Kenyan who flagged down a passing bus in Irvine and was assisted by a female passenger later ratted out a Saudi Arabian national who allegedly kept the distressed newcomer as a domestic slave.

Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested Tuesday night at her condominium on Gramercy in Irvine on suspicion of human trafficking and held on $1 million bail. Jail records list Alayban's occupation as "princess."

The sad tale is related in a statement sent this morning from Irvine Police Lt. Julia Engen, the department spokesman. The woman was contracted through an agency in her home country of Kenya in March 2012 to work as a housekeeper with Alayban's family in Saudi Arabia. But once the unidentified worker arrived in the Middle East country, Alayban allegedly took her passport and employment contract.

The Kenyan would go on to work excessive hours and at a pay less than specified in the contract. But when she complained about her working conditions and asked for her passport back, Alayban is accused of refusing to comply.

This past May, Alayban and her family traveled to the U.S. with the Kenyan and four filipinas who'd been contracted as workers in a similar fashion. They all wound up in the Irvine condo until the Kenyan--carrying a suitcase and a pamphlet she picked up at the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia--flagged down that bus. The flier specified her rights and warned against becoming a victim of human trafficking.

The bus passenger helped the woman contact Irvine Police, who working with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) launched an investigation, according to Engen's statement. While Irvine detectives and HSI special agents executed a search warrant at the Gramercy condo, they discovered Alayban allegedly took away the travel documents from the women from the Philippines as well, Engen said. Detectives are working to recover the documents believed to be in a safe deposit box at a local bank.

All five women left with detectives voluntarily and each of their cases will be investigated, vowed Engen, who added they were found in good health, showed no signs of physical abuse and were being assisted with finding housing at a shelter. In the meantime, police are awaiting charges against Alayban coming from the Orange County District Attorney's office, possibly by later this afternoon.

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Meshael Alayban booking photo

UPDATE NO. 1, JULY 10, 2:33 P.M.: Representatives of the Orange County District Attorney's office are arguing at a bail hearing right now that Meshael Alayban should be held without bail because she allegedly poses a flight risk.

More is expected to be revealed at a media briefing shortly.

UPDATE NO. 2, JULY 10, 3:55 P.M.: Bail was set at $5 million this afternoon for Meshael Alayban, who was also ordered to wear a GPS tracking device to the bail-setting hearing. She is to return to Santa Ana court for arraignment Thursday.

District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who appeared in court for the prosecution, told reporters that he wanted to let victims of "indentured servitude" know they will have support if they seek help from law enforcement, according to City News Service.

Some victims from foreign countries brought to the country as slaves may not realize it is illegal, explained Rackauckas, adding, "I would like it to be known we intend to enforce that law."

He confirmed Alayban is a Saudi Arabian princess.

There are about 5,000 princes and princesses in the Middle Eastern country.

More charges may be coming if it is determined the women from the Philippines were also victims of human trafficking, the DA noted.

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ocblues
ocblues

Money is voudoo. Especially in CA.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

John Ehrlichman:

George Zimmerman = "The Prosecutions testimony was WEAK. AND HE WAS/IS AQUITTED.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

According to the LA Times... "The $5 million bail posted to free a jailed Saudi princess accused of human trafficking was paid by the Saudi Arabian consulate, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Friday."

That says that the OC authorities just want the money, "the payoffs and the ripoffs and the things nobody saw".  "The $5 million bail posted to free a jailed Saudi princess accused of human trafficking was paid by the Saudi Arabian consulate,

$5 MILLION enough to fund another jail to put more falsely accused people in jail. why don't you just bust the entire County of Orange for being human. Everyone else thinks that they are the other persons authority figure.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

John Ehrlichman -  = George Zimmerman Trial = Aquitted!

Plllllllllllllllllhhhhhhhhh  = ;>Q

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

John Ehrlichman -

The Office of the District Attorney of Orange County is in it for thier own interests and they generate false reports when they were not there and do not know what happened.

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor".

But I am not a bible thumper.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 10, 12:58 P.M.: A 30-year-old Kenyan who flagged down a passing bus in Irvine and was assisted by a female passenger later ratted out a Saudi Arabian national who allegedly kept the distressed newcomer as a domestic slave.

Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested Tuesday night at her condominium on Gramercy in Irvine on suspicion of human trafficking and held on $1 million bail. Jail records list Alayban's occupation as "princess."

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

and I used to work there at Central Park West  - the company that I worked under got raided by the FBI in 2009 for Workers Comp Fraud to the tune of 9.5 Million and I lost my final $1400,00 paycheck. Now the place has human trafiicking by Saudi's in it. I say WoW.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

I'm glad the victim has an attorney because the OC DA , in fact, does not represent the victim. That office represents itself and its own interests.

But what if that attorney is a representative of the OCDA's office?

"The citizens have a right to protect themselves from the police". - OCDA Tony Rackaukas - he's in it for the prosecution for his own interests. He's assisting in the prosecution and made a 'special appearance in the courtroom to assist the prosecution, for a CONVICTION.

Two Faced Tony Rackaukas

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

This is not Saudi Arabia and our laws do not apply there, as thiers do not apply here.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Not necessarily when we have a two faced DA by name of Tony Rackuakas showing up in the courtroom and assisting the prosecution when he wasn't there and doesn't know anything.

"The citizens have a right to protect themselves from the police". - Tony Rackaukas in the Kelly Thomas "police murder" case. 

So tell me why then that he's assisting the prosecution with the case and trying to prosecute someone. That is a two way street. But I am not saying that she is not guilty.

You have a right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Because the courts are corrupt.

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

The only thing that will set this wretched woman free is decapitation. 

LeoOfArabia
LeoOfArabia

In tribal-cast based Saudi society, 'princes'  Meshael  accused of enslaving a Kenyan maid, herself, as her last name indicates, comes from  Alayban clan that has traditionally worked as servants and retainers in the  Saudi royal household. She became a princess by virtue of becoming a wife to a member of  the Saudi royalty, Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud who incidentally is the uncle of the homosexual Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz Bin Nasir , jailed  by British court in October 2010 for 23 years for the sadistic , sexual abuse and brutal murder of his Afro-Saudi  manservant. In  February this year ,the British government,under pressure from Saudi government, ordered his  transfer to 'serve' his sentence in a Saudi jail! Two weeks ago, social media reported him gay bar-hopping in Marbella, Spain, a summer  Mecca  for Saudi royals.

Lurkeshah
Lurkeshah

Remember how the U.S. allowed members of Bin Laden's family to fly out of the country to avoid questioning when no other flights were allowed?  You can bet Princess porkchop will also be allowed free passage as well.  No accountability for our dear, freedom loving, law abiding Saudi friends.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker  According to the LA Times... "The $5 million bail posted to free a jailed Saudi princess accused of human trafficking was paid by the Saudi Arabian consulate, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Friday."

 What does that say about the Saudi Arabian government if they posted her bail?  Leads me to believe this occurs a lot there!

capture
capture

Correct me if I'm wrong but hasn't the OCWeekly been questioning where all the "blacks" are in OC.  Well, you just found one.

And will that victim just be another political pawn for the OC DA? 

armandocdll81
armandocdll81

This wretched hag should be flown to Guantanamo Bay, stripped naked and water-boarded every day for a year.  

Americo Crespo
Americo Crespo

Pinches Princesas cabronas!!! Onta su principe??? Jjajajajajajaja!!

David Rz
David Rz

court just want her money

DaniGirl949
DaniGirl949

SHAME on Paul S. Meyer, I thought better of him! *shaking head* well there goes that case, Paul has never lost a case, as I remember!

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

This is like the 3rd case of slavery in Irvine involving Saudi nationals. WTFs going on in Irvine with the Saudis?

dtakeda1
dtakeda1

If she were on the Real Housewives of Orange County, I'd watch. 

DaniGirl949
DaniGirl949

There should have been NO BAIL. What on earth was the judge thinking!

Cheryl Lynn
Cheryl Lynn

She's got an ankle monitor on. But apparently princesess get to leave the OC jail by sneaking out via the private judges tunnel-entrance-exit, in bad ass bmw's. Bitch!

René Bruce
René Bruce

Bet she in Mex and will b flying out to la paz in the am then saudi on a late flight. Court just wanted the 500k they font care bought the slaves she had !!!

Christian Ramirez
Christian Ramirez

What! Bail? ,,,they made it so easy to her to run away. ..gringos tontos.

Aaron Anthony Palacios
Aaron Anthony Palacios

They have feria puto 1million was nothing for her look she's out now she on the run so back to her country she never coming back to the U S lol

949girl
949girl topcommenter

She's able to post $5 million in bail but can't pay this woman the $1600 per month she was promised.  This woman deserves everything she has coming in prison!  I want pics of her husband too!!

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

What's the big deal, Disney Princesses enslave dwarves.

C0ex1st
C0ex1st

Sad part is she will be free to go in a matter of hours. It's only going to take one brief phone call from the State Department to arrange her release. The price of Oil is worth more than human abuse

lurkeshah
lurkeshah

She will leave the country.  She is a flight risk.  She will forfeit bail.  5 million is pocket change to these people.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

It's pretty crazy that stuff like this actually happens in real life.  To me it's almost unimaginable that people today (or anytime really)  would even think it's ok.  How could a person feel happy with themselves living life when they know they are enslaving people  while they are living in luxury.  People like her, and her family have no right to be here and spread this kind of disgusting entitlement and abuse.  I'm not one of those people who says things like "go back to where you belong" but in this case I am.  She and the rest of her family belong in prison for good.  They don't belong in society.  I can't even imagine that if there are children in the household what kind of adults they would become feeling that other people are at their service.    The poor woman who escaped wanted to provide for her child and instead is waiting hand and foot on these pieces of trash.  And just imagine her husband, with his other wives, I wonder how many slaves he has total under him?  Karma needs to strike soon!

John.Ehrlichman
John.Ehrlichman

@tongue_twister_for_t:  Both parties lost big in the Zimmerman case.  the martin's lost a son and Zimmerman will never have a normal life even after he's done with his fifteen minutes of fame.  The jurors ruled on Florida law.  If stupid was a crime, the state of Florida would become a giant penal colony.

John.Ehrlichman
John.Ehrlichman

@tongue_twister_for_t:  I still believe T-Rack is a decent man with a difficult job.  Don't tell me that a DA shouldn't assist on a high-profile case.  It is a political position after all.

John.Ehrlichman
John.Ehrlichman

@tongue_twister_for_t-What do you have to hide, asshole?  Is Tony after you?  Rackaukas is a decent man.  Don't make this story a Kelly Thomas forum.  BTW-Saudis are backwards and they hate America just like the rest of the Middle East.  She should have a little taste of Sharia.

capture
capture

Seeking clarification: I read in other reports (I may have missed it in your report) that the "princess" had multiple passports.  As a US citizen, I don't understand how anyone can have multiple passports. Perhaps she can though.  And if she had multiple passports, do you really think she turned them all in?  Having said, that I'm glad the victim has an attorney because the OC DA , in fact, does not represent the victim. That office represents itself and its own interests.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@949girl She shoulda just hired some Mexicans when she got here. What's the going rate, $800 for a live in 'nanny'?

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@949girl Oh, that reminds me that I forgot to add she was in Irvine with her husband and three children...

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

So tell me why then that he's assisting the prosecution with the case and trying to prosecute someone. That is a two way street. But I am not saying that she is not guilty. "You have a right to remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. Because the courts are corrupt".

Did Jesus remain silent, not really because he told the crowds that it was the Emporer that was accusing him of being the messiah, he said "it is not me that is claiming these things". So he was hung on a medieval torture device called a cross and the mayor Pontius Pilate went insane and was killed by his constituents.

capture
capture

@949girl: Oh slavery has been illegal in

SA since 1965? That must be on paper somewhere if thats true, yet even if that's true it's only on paper, right? Thanks for your comment. I think it's ironic what is written on paper and what is actually enforced is often cruel jokee..  Sad comment, I know'

capture
capture

Oh BTW, can you tell us how many princesses and princes are here with slaves?  That shouldn't be too hard for a US Attorney to figure out.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @949girl You are really slipping!  Michele Gile is more on the ball than you are!  Wait, so this is the husband who has the other wives?  Why wasn't he arrested?  How old are these kids? 

John.Ehrlichman
John.Ehrlichman

@tongue_twister_for_t: OK, you're not an asshole.  Yes it rings bells, that's why I post under the name of one of his lieutenants.  The whole Kelly Thomas affair went sour for me when too much emphasis was placed on "cop hate," which is misguided, and not enough emphasis on solutions for the homeless.  Fullerton showed all its love for Kelly when the citizens worked to nix the State College homeless shelter.  So as far as I'm concerned, case closed.  The guys who beat up Kelly aren't cops anymore and that's justice enough.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@Mitchell_Young @MatthewTCoker @949girl Pretty much. Asians, Indians and Arabs have money and don't need to swim across a river and walk through a desert to come here. They get preggo in their home country and then take a vacation here and give birth. Their kid is now a US citizen. They then get on welfare in spite of the fact that they are millionaires as the have no documented income in the US. These are facts. These are things that are well known in asian immigrant communities. And you just take it. They're getting the same Dream Act bs as the illegal mexicans as well.

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