UK court grants Dubai ruler’s ex-wife custody of children | News

A 3-year custody battle ends on the Excessive Courtroom in London between Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya of Dubai.

Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, inflicted “exorbitant” home abuse in opposition to his ex-wife, a senior British decide has concluded as he awarded her sole duty for taking care of their youngsters.

Thursday’s ruling caps the top of a three-year custody battle on the Excessive Courtroom in London between Sheikh Mohammed and his former spouse, Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, half-sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah.

The London court docket has beforehand dominated the Dubai ruler had made Haya concern for her life, had kidnapped and mistreated two of his daughters by one other marriage, and had ordered the telephones of Haya and her attorneys, one a British politician, to be hacked utilizing the Israeli state safety software program “Pegasus”.

It has additionally decided that Sheikh Mohammed, the vp and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, should present a British document of greater than 554 million kilos ($730m) for the kids’s long-term safety and upkeep.

Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed
Prime Minister and Vice-President of the UAE and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attends the World Ladies’s Discussion board in Dubai [File: Christopher Pike/Reuters]

In his closing ruling in opposition to the Gulf royal, Andrew McFarlane, President of the Household Division in England and Wales, stated Sheikh Mohammed had “constantly displayed coercive and controlling behaviour” in opposition to members of the family who defied his will.

“Though carried out on a scale which is fully outdoors the strange circumstances of circumstances heard within the Household Courtroom on this jurisdiction, the daddy’s behaviour in direction of the mom of his youngsters is ‘home abuse’,” McFarlane stated.

Haya alone ought to decide all issues regarding the training and well being of the couple’s two youngsters, Jalila, 14, and Zayed, 10, with Sheikh Mohammed merely saved knowledgeable, the decide concluded.

His relationship with the kids will likely be restricted to telephone calls and messages after Sheikh Mohammed himself determined to not pursue direct contact with them, McFarlane stated.

The decide stated Sheikh Mohammed was a father who cherished his two youngsters, and that they in flip, cherished him. However, he criticised the sheikh’s behaviour within the litigation which had taken a heavy toll on Haya, and his refusal to even acknowledge his ex-wife’s function in caring for the kids.

“His Highness’s behaviour in direction of the mom … whether or not by threats, poems, coordinating press experiences, covertly arranging to buy property instantly overlooking hers, phone-hacking or within the conduct of this litigation, has been abusive to a excessive, certainly exorbitant, diploma,” McFarlane stated.

“Regardless of the court docket’s findings, in no respect has His Highness accepted that any of this behaviour has both taken place or that he has had any half in orchestrating it.”

Escape to London

There was no speedy remark from the London spokesman for the sheikh, who himself has performed no half within the court docket proceedings.

The saga between the royals started shortly after Haya fled to Britain in April 2019, fearing for her security following the invention she was having an affair with a bodyguard.

She was later blackmailed by 4 members of her safety crew whereas the sheikh orchestrated a marketing campaign of intimidation in opposition to her, after which later hacked her telephone and people of her attorneys, earlier court docket findings have proven.

“The circumstances during which the mom has been compelled to supply look after the kids since their arrival in England are nicely outdoors the strange,” McFarlane stated.

“The necessity to keep away from any likelihood that the kids could also be kidnapped has meant that their lives are most tightly confined.”

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