“They say I’m a prostitute. It’s not true. I swear to Allah I’m not liar.”
This is like the Arabian Nights version of the Prince and the Pauper. A woman named Sara Al Amoudi is being sued in the UK, but it's unclear whether she's the princess she claims to be or the prostitute she's accused of being... because she wears a face veil.
The woman at the centre of a $20m London property fraud has denied allegations she is an Ethiopian prostitute. She says she can back up her claims she is a wealthy Saudi princess by producing evidence of her lavish spending sprees.
Sara Al Amoudi, who arrived at the London High Court in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce with an ‘HRH’ number plate and accompanied by three bodyguards, claims to be the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi, a Saudi businessman who was ranked the 63rd richest man in the world by Forbes in 2011 and is estimated to have a wealth of around $12.3bn.
Her real identity and alleged wealth are central to allegations by London property developers Amanda Clutterbuck and Ian Paton that she is a fraud and she convinced them to transfer six luxury London apartments worth £14m ($20.8m) into her name as part of a larger property deal they believed would be funded by the Al Amoudi family.
The couple claim funds for the larger deal failed to materialise and the 30 year old woman refused to return ownership of the six apartments, which are based in upmarket London areas such as Knightsbridge and Belgravia.
”I thought I was living through an Alfred Hitchcock film, in which reality seemed to be totally distorted,” Clutterbuck told the court, claiming Ms Al Amoudi and her sister were not Saudi princesses but “were in fact prostitutes”.
Giving evidence before the court this week, Ms Al Amoudi refuted these allegations: “They say I’m a prostitute. It’s not true. I swear to Allah I’m not liar.”
The prosecution also produced witness Negat Ali, an Ethiopia-born south London furniture dealer, who claimed Ms Al Amoudi was not a Saudi princess and was a former prostitute originally from Ethiopia.
Race doesn't really clarify much, because Al Amoudi married an Ethiopian woman.
However, Clutterbuck and Paton claim Ms Al Amoudi obtained her wealth by using her fake identity to borrow money from various banks, with reports claiming she had borrowed £4m from HSBC and allegedly had £165m in an account in Barclays bank.
Dubbed ‘The Vamp in the Veil’ by the British media, Ms Al Amoudi claims to have dated footballer Freddie Ljungberg and actors Colin Farrell and Joaquin Phoenix
And she did it all in a Burqa. A true inspiration.