The ruler of Dubai ran a campaign of fear and intimidation against his spouse and arranged that the abduction of two of his brothers, a British judge ruled in papers that were unsealed Thursday.
A judge in the High Court in London discovered that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 70,” acted in a way at the end of 2018 that was directed at intimidating and terrifying” his ex-wife Princess Haya, 45.
Judge Andrew McFarlane also stated the sheik” arranged and ordered” abductions and forced the return to Dubai of 2 of his adult brothers from a different union: Sheikha Shamsa in August 2000, and Sheikha Latifa in 2002 and again in 2018.
The judge made rulings in December and January after a struggle between the estranged spouses within the welfare of the two kids, but the sheik fought to keep them from being made public. The UK Supreme Court quashed that try on Thursday.
Princess Haya, daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, wed the Dubai ruler in 2004, getting his next official spouse, ” the court stated. Sheikh Mohammed also has a lot of unofficial wives.
Back in April 2019, Princess Haya fled the Gulf emirate together with her kids, saying she’d become fearful of her husband’s threats and intimidation.
The threats continued following the priest moved into London, the judge stated, adding that the sheik had used the device of the country to”threaten, intimidate, mistreat and oppress using a complete disregard for the rule of law”.
The sheik afterward dropped his bid to take the kids back into Dubai and fought to stop the court from issuing a fact-finding decision on his spouse’s allegations.
The judge discovered that Haya’s allegations concerning the dangers and abductions fulfilled the civil standard of proof on the balance of probabilities.
The judge stated the hearsay evidence for this allegation fell”well short of their mandatory standard” of evidence.
Sheikh Mohammed, who’s also vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, is famous in the home and is considered a modernizing force.
He has, however, faced criticism overseas after reports that his daughter Latifa attempted to flee the country and has been forcibly returned.
McFarlane affirmed the allegation that”on two events in June 2002 and February 2018, the dad ordered and ordered the forcible return of his daughter Latifa, currently 35, to the family house in Dubai. Back in 2002, the yield was in the boundary of Dubai with Oman, also in 2018 it had been an armed commando attack at sea close to the shore of India.”
The judge stated Shamsa, now 38, was abducted in the streets of Cambridge and”was deprived of her freedom for much if not all the previous two decades”
Sheikh Mohammed is also the creator of the powerful Godolphin horse racing stable and last year received a prize out of Queen Elizabeth II after one of the horses won a race at Royal Ascot. The judge noted that both he and his ex-wife”are thought to be on friendly and respectful terms with all the British Royal Family.”
In a statement published after the rulings were printed, the sheik said that”as a head of government, I was unable to take part in the courtroom’s fact-finding procedure. This has caused the launch of a fact-finding’ decision that necessarily just tells one side of the narrative.”
“I ask that the media respect the privacy of the kids or intrude in their lives in the UK”, he explained.