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Daad Sharab, the woman who took on Saudi prince: I had to show women are not slaves in the Middle East

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The woman who humiliated one of the richest men in the world has revealed for the first time details behind how she delayed a brain operation to make legal history.

Daad Sharab was injured during a NATO bombing in Libya while being held in custody by Colonel Gaddafi. When she was imprisoned, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, held an agreement to pay her for securing the $120 million business deal that had taken her to Tripoli.

As soon as she was released, following the 2011 Libyan revolution, she returned to London to sue the prince in the High Court, despite her injuries.

Prince Alwaleed is said to be worth between $20 billion and $30 billion and owns the Savoy hotel, major stakes in City Corp and News Corporation. He hosted Prince William, and was received last year by David Cameron.

But last summer, he became the first member of the Saudi royal family to be held to account and cross-examined in a British court.

In a devastating judgment, Mr Justice Peter Smith described the prince’s evidence as “completely unreliable, pathetic and hopeless”. He was ordered to pay Mrs Sharab the full $10 million she had been claiming, plus $3.5 million interest.

Ignoring her doctor’s advice, Mrs Sharab delayed an operation on a brain tumor until after she had completed her evidence, in case the after-effects compromised her memory of events. Following surgery, she left her hospital bed and returned to the High Court to hear the judgment.

Now fully recovered, she told The London Evening Standard: “You can see I have got guts.” For not only had she taken on a man described as the most influential Arab in the world — she had also confronted thousands of years of Arab culture.

“From the beginning I saw it as a matter of principle,” said Mrs Sharab. “I felt I had to prove to the world that he had to pay me. Everybody thought I was crazy.

Everybody said I would lose, I’d make an enemy, he would do something bad to me and stop my business in the Middle East.

“He thought that because I’m a woman I’m nothing. If I was a man he would have settled. I wanted to prove a point — not just to him — that women are not weak in the Middle East, we are not slaves.

“For 25 years, as a businesswoman in the Middle East, I have had to fight for our rights to make people look at us in a respectful manner. We are human beings and we have a brain. I wanted to prove to the whole world that he was lying.

Mrs Sharab, 53, is a Jordanian-born consultant. Photos around her apartment show her family with the likes of Colonel Gaddafi, King Abdullah, George Bush Snr and Queen Noor of Jordan.

Prince Alwaleed — who last December was named the world’s most influential Arab by website Arabian Business — had paid $90 million for an Airbus A340 and fitted it out with a double bed, silver leather sofa and whirlpool bath — just right for Libya’s dictator.

It was agreed she was to be paid $2 million for having the deal — but if the final sale price were to exceed $110 million, she would get the difference.

The prince was later to dispute this and claim no fixed commission had been agreed. But, all went well, as he held a party on Mrs Sharab's honor on his private yacht in Cannes, and even offered to marry her.

The proposal in May 2003 “came out of the blue” she said. “He asked me several times after that, but I always refused. I don’t now know if he was serious about this but I did not think he was joking.”

Thanks to Mrs Sharab’s work, the final price set with Gaddafi was $120 million, but negotiations dragged on until the prince suspected she was acting more for the Libyans than for him.

“Once he got the money from Gaddafi he never answered my calls or faxes, he just ignored me. It was insulting, he thought it was because I was a woman and women can do nothing,” she said.

He thought London was like every other place. He thought that just because he owns the Savoy, hosted Prince William, visited David Cameron, that would save him, and they would interfere in justice and save him.

“It happens every day in the Middle East. He doesn’t know that you could bring Queen Elizabeth to court. I have shown people that there is justice in the world — just go and fight for your rights.”

Meanwhile, the private Airbus still lies on military airfield outside Tripoli — a fitting monument to the late Gaddafi’s greed. It is said to be in “pretty good shape still”, which is more than can be said for the prince’s wounded pride.
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