U.S. prosecutors have dropped human trafficking charges against a Saudi princess accused of holding a Kenyan housekeeper against her will, the News Daily website reports today (September 20, 2013).
Meshael Alayban -- one of six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud -- had been due to enter a plea in a Santa Ana, California court today to the felony charges, filed against her in July.
But Orange county District Attorney Tony Rackauckas announced unexpectedly that he was dropping the charges, due to insufficient evidence.
The 42-year-old princess faced up to 12 years in prison if convicted of the human trafficking felony. She had been free on $5 million bail, although she was required to wear a GPS tracking device.