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Four members of the richest Hinduja family in England were severely punished for exploiting the servants of their villa.

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Their lawyers, who were not present for the verdict, immediately announced that they would appeal.

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Indo-Swiss billionaire family members Namrata Hinduja (left) and Ajay Hinduja (second right) arrive at a court in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 15, 2024, for the opening day of a human trafficking trial.  (Gabriel Monet/AFP)

Four members of the most powerful Hinduja family in India and the UK were acquitted by a Swiss court on Friday, June 21, of human trafficking charges. However, they were sentenced to long prison terms for exploiting Indian servants in their villa. Lawyers said their clients, who did not immediately reach a verdict, would appeal.

Although an amicable and confidential agreement was reached during the trial with the three employees who sued them, the Geneva courts did not drop the case and decided to prosecute the four members of this family, all of whom are Swiss citizens.

Father Prakash Hinduja (78) and his wife Kamal (75) were sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison, their son Ajay (56) and daughter-in-law Namrata (50). Four years, in the absence of four defendants, the president of the court in Geneva, Sabina Muscoto, pointed out.

The President did not mince his words about them: “The motives of the defendants are selfish” And they were motivated “For profit”. He also said that their cooperation was there “Bad”.

Hinduja family according to richest in England The Sunday Times, this year his fortune is estimated at 37 billion pounds (48 billion euros). For its part, the magazine Forbes Presenting a figure of 20 billion dollars (18.7 billion euros). The salaries of Indian domestic workers in villas around Geneva ranged between 220 (230 euros) and 400 francs per month, far below what a domestic worker could expect in Switzerland.

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