Jordanian Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein and husband Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum walk to the parade ring on Ladies Day the third day of racing at Royal Ascot in southern England in 2010. File picture: Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Jordanian Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein and husband Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum walk to the parade ring on Ladies Day the third day of racing at Royal Ascot in southern England in 2010. File picture: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Dubai ruler abducted his daughters, warned estranged wife she's not be safe in Britain: court

By dpa Time of article published Mar 5, 2020

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London - Dubai's billionaire ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum abducted two of his daughters and warned his estranged wife, Princess Haya, that she would never be safe in Britain, according to court documents published on Thursday.

Britain's Supreme Court allowed publication of the documents after rejecting a final appeal by lawyers acting on behalf of Al Maktoum, who is also UAE prime minister.

The documents were compiled after a hearing last year when Haya asked the High Court's family division for custody of her two children, a forced marriage protection order, and a non-molestation order.

In a "fact-finding judgment" published on Thursday following the ruling, High Court judge Andrew McFarlane accepted Haya's account that her estranged husband had arranged for his two daughters from other marriages, princesses Shamsa and Latifa, to be abducted.

McFarlane wrote that Haya told the court that Al Maktoum had "threatened her saying 'You and the children will never be safe in England.'"

Haya also alleged that Latifa was forcibly returned to the emirate after she was seized from a boat off the coast of India following a dramatic escape from Dubai in 2018.

McFarlane said he found "on the balance of probability, that Latifa has been detained in the circumstances described by Princess Haya since her return to Dubai."

He also believed Haya's account of the abduction of Shamsa, an older sister of Latifa, in 2000 from a street in the English city of Cambridge after she had attempted to escape her father's control.

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