Saudi diplomat in China convicted of molesting and using criminal force on Singapore hotel intern https://t.co/vw71o7tvbS— Ahmed Al Omran (@ahmed) February 2, 2017
A Saudi Arabian diplomat was convicted of molesting a 20-year-old intern at a hotel he was staying at while vacationing in Singapore.
“Bander Yahya A. Alzahrani, 39, who is attached to the Saudi Arabia embassy in Beijing, China, was found guilty of kissing the 20-year-old on her neck and hugging her while wrongfully restraining her inside a hotel room in Sentosa,” Strait Times reported.
The incident occurred on Aug. 14.
Alzahrani, who is reportedly married with three children, was also found guilty of hugging the victim, before groping her, kissing her face and neck and forcing her to touch him.
During his eight-day-trial, the diplomat tried to discredit the victim by saying she had “framed” him to extort money from him.
However, District Judge Lee Poh Choo rejected the defense, saying the victim’s account had to be forced out of her, “as she was worried the episode would be ‘interpreted negatively,’ and that she would be seen as “unsuitable for the hotel industry.’”
Alzahrani is currently out on $20,000 bail. If found guilty, he faces a jail sentence for up to 10 years and caning for each charge of molestation. For using aggravated force, he faces up to three months in prison and a $1,500 fine.