The billionaire ruler of Dubai ordered the abduction of his daughters and subjected his estranged wife to a campaign of fear and intimidation, a UK judge said in a ruling made public on Thursday. The ruling came after a high-profile custody battle between Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his ex-wife Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, who now lives in London with her two children. Judge Andrew McFarlane of the UK High Court found that Sheikh Mohammed “acted in a manner from the end of 2018 which has been aimed at intimidating and frightening” his ex-wife. Princess Haya married Sheikh Mohammed in 2014, becoming one of his several wives. The couple has two children; Jalila, 12, and 8-year-old Zayed. Haya fled to London in April 2019 with her children, saying she feared for life amid threats and intimidation. She was believed to have had an affair with one of her British bodyguards and said she was “terrified” of her husband, who is also the vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates. Princess Haya, middle, fled to the UK in 2019 The threats, the judge said, continued even after she arrived in the UK. Sheikh Mohammed used the… Read full this story
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