London

Here is an exotic list of bargain-hunting foreigners in London last year who have one thing in common, sticky fingers:

Princess Latifa Ibrahim of Saudi Arabia, fined 220 pounds (about $370) for stealing 43 pounds (about $73) in clothing.

Habib Gherab, son of a Tunisian assistant secretary general at the United Nations, nicked for 195 pounds (about $331) after he unsuccessfully tried to lift shirts, sweaters> socks and a tie at Harrods.

Taintsos Constantin, a Greek police captain, who offered detectives "any amount of money" to avoid prosecution for the 21 pieces of clothing he scooped up from store counters.

Adel Omran, an Iraqi Olympic weight-lifter, who kept in shape by shoplifting two shirts and a pair of shorts from a West End emporium.

Philemon Dairavi Muzorewa, 22-year-old son of Rhodesia's bishop and black leader, who was fined 25 pounds for helping himself to 132 pounds worth of ice cream and chewing gum in Leeds.

Speaking for them all was Parvin Inganedj, wife of a wealthy Iranian, who was arrested with 1,700 pounds in cash - which, she explained, was her son's school fees in Switzerland.

"All English are thieves," she cried at Marlborough Street magistrate's court. "For 18 pounds worth of goods. I have to pay 800 pounds in fines." Or, as the 18th century French philospher Proudhon observed> "property is theif.?

Inganedj, however, was only a trifle worse off than Nadia Tabeea, who said her husband was an aide to King Kahalid of Saudi Arabia. Tabeea and her student daughter were fined 500 pounds after they were caught with 9.22 pounds worth of baby socks, mittens and other items. She had more than 600 pounds in traveler's checks with her at the time.

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