United Kingdom court sets November hearing for case of Dubai ruler and princess

United Kingdom court sets November hearing for case of Dubai ruler and princess

United Kingdom court sets November hearing for case of Dubai ruler and princess

Princess Haya, 45, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and estranged wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashad al-Maktoum, 70, applied for the order Tuesday at a preliminary family court division hearing in central London over the couple's children.

Princess Haya, daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, applied Tuesday for protective orders using laws meant to safeguard victims of forced marriage and domestic abuse.

The sheikh's lawyers applied for the children to be sent back to Dubai.

According to British laws, forced marriage protection is enforced to shield a person who has been or being forced into marriage, or is being threatened with one.

When asked about the court proceedings, an official at the London embassy of the United Arab Emirates said, "The UAE government does not intend to comment on allegations about individuals' private lives".

Sheikh Mohammed is being represented by Helen Ward, who has similarly represented public figures, notably filmmaker Guy Richie in his divorce from pop star Madonna.

They married in 2004 and the sheikh is said to have more than 2o children from his multiple wives.

The legal dispute comes weeks after Princess Haya reportedly fled Dubai for Germany, eventually settling in London.

Her legal team includes Fiona Shackleton, who represented Prince Charles during his divorce from Princess Diana.

At the end of June it emerged Princess Haya had left Dubai with her two children Sheikha Jalila bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum - and £31 million. She is also the half-sister of the current Jordanian ruler, King Abdullah II.

Princess Haya, who competed in equestrian jumping in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, has often attended Britain's Royal Ascot horse races with Sheikh Mohammed.

Sources told British media that she fled following revelations over the disappearance previous year of Sheikha Latifa, one of Sheikh Mohammed's daughters with another wife.

In September, Amnesty International said that after Sheikha Latifa was recaptured, she had been held "incommunicado in an undisclosed location" that "possibly entailed multiple violations of international human rights law by both India and the UAE, including arbitrary detention, torture, and enforced disappearance".

Judge McFarlane rejected a bid on Tuesday by Sheikh Mohammed's lawyers for certain details to be subject to reporting restrictions.

But why exactly did Princess Haya leave her husband and Dubai?

She had also posted a video recounting her abuse by her own family. Sheikh Mohammed did not. BBC News says she was apparently spirited back to Dubai about a year after being found in Cambridge, 50 miles north of the United Kingdom capital.

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