LONDON (Reuters) – The spouse of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has utilized for a “compelled marriage safety order” in England’s Excessive Courtroom in relation to one among her two youngsters.
Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, the 45-year-old Jordanian daughter of late King Hussein and half-sister to King Abdullah, additionally utilized for a “non-molestation order,” which protects from harassment or threats. It was not clear who this order was in relation to.
On the Excessive Courtroom of England and Wales, she additionally utilized for wardship, which implies a baby is positioned within the fingers of the courtroom for main selections.
A compelled marriage safety order helps if somebody says they’ve been compelled into marriage or are already in a compelled marriage, based on official British authorized definitions.
When requested in regards to the courtroom proceedings, an official on the London embassy of the United Arab Emirates stated: “The UAE authorities doesn’t intend to touch upon allegations about people’ non-public lives.”
Representatives of the sheikh didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. The Dubai authorities media workplace declined to touch upon “a personal matter that’s being resolved within the courtroom”.
The 70-year-old sheikh, who can also be vice-president of the UAE, wed the princess, a former member of the Worldwide Olympic Committee, in 2004 in what was believed to be his sixth marriage. He has greater than 20 youngsters by completely different wives.
Princess Haya, who competed in equestrian leaping within the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, has typically attended Britain’s Royal Ascot horse races with Sheikh Mohammed.
Princess Haya attended the courtroom listening to in London. Sheikh Mohammed didn’t. Two of Britain’s most well-known household legal professionals are representing the 2 events: Fiona Shackleton is representing Haya and Helen Ward is representing Sheikh Mohammed.
“These proceedings are involved with the welfare of the 2 youngsters of their marriage and don’t concern divorce or funds,” the 2 events stated in a joint assertion issued by the Excessive Courtroom earlier this month.
Final September Amnesty Worldwide stated Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, one of many sheikh’s daughters by a distinct spouse, was believed to be held incommunicado in an undisclosed location within the UAE after being forcibly returned in March after fleeing Dubai with the assistance of associates on a ship that was later intercepted.
The UAE international ministry stated in December that Sheikha Latifa was dwelling and residing together with her household, denying as “false” media stories citing a broadly circulated self-recorded video by Latifa accusing the household of abusing and limiting her.
Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; writing by Man Faulconbridge; modifying by John Stonestreet