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Dubai's ruling elite face £1billion lawsuit

Dubai's ruling elite face £1billion lawsuit over claims that a British developer was 'robbed' of his £500m business

8/14/2020 1:58:00 PM

Dubai's ruling elite face £1billion lawsuit over claims that a British developer was 'robbed' of his £500m business

It is alleged that figures including Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Saeed al-Maktoum (pictured), the cousin of UAE's PM, conspired to defraud Mohammed Haddad of his business.

February/March 2018- A video of Latifa is uploaded to the internet, in which she gives a detailed account of important events in her life. She also describes what she knows about her sister Shamsa's time in England and her subsequent abduction.December 6, 2018

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- The BBC broadcasts a documentary called Escape From Dubai: The Mystery Of The Missing Princess.February 7, 2019- Sheikh Mohammed divorces Princess Haya under sharia law without her knowledge. She says this date, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of her father's death, is deliberately chosen to 'maximise insult and upset to her'.

April 15- Princess Haya travels to the UK with Jalila and Zayed.May 14- Sheikh Mohammed issues proceedings at the High Court in London seeking the summary return of his two children with Princess Haya to Dubai.May 22- First High Court hearing before Mr Justice Moor - the media, who are unaware of the hearing or even the proceedings, do not attend.

July 16- On the eve of a 'scoping hearing' to consider media issues before Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the family division of the High Court, Princess Haya issues applications to make the children wards of court, for a forced marriage protection order and for a non-molestation order.

July 17- Three journalists attend and lawyers for Sheikh Mohammed apply for them to be excluded. Sir Andrew says the hearing is relatively short while those in court 'simply scope out what lies before us' and to consider what information, if any, should be given to the media. The judge adds that the parties will issue a short statement explaining the nature of the proceedings.

July 18- With the permission of the court, the parties release the following statement: 'The parties to these proceedings are HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. These proceedings are concerned with the welfare of the two children of their marriage and do not concern divorce or finances.'

July 30- At a hearing to work out issues, including the question of media reporting and to how to proceed to a final hearing to determine the welfare issues, Sir Andrew allows the media to report that Sheikh Mohammed has applied for the summary return of the children to Dubai, and that Princess Haya has applied for the children to be made wards of court, for a non-molestation order and a forced marriage protection order.

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November 12-13- Sir Andrew conducts a hearing to make findings of fact in relation to Princess Haya's allegations against Sheikh Mohammed.December 11- The judge delivers his ruling on the fact-finding hearing. However, strict reporting restrictions preventing its publication remain in force.

January 17, 2020- The judge delivers a ruling on a series of 'assurances and waivers' given by Sheikh Mohammed to Princess Haya. He also conducts a hearing to determine whether his earlier rulings should be made public.January 27- Sir Andrew concludes that his earlier rulings should be published, but the publication is postponed pending a Court of Appeal challenge by Sheikh Mohammed to this decision.

February 26- The Court of Appeal hears Sheikh Mohammed's challenge.February 28- Three leading judges dismiss his appeal and refuse to grant him permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. The stay on publication remains in force to give the father chance to make a fresh challenge to the Supreme Court.

March 5- The Supreme Court announces that it has refused permission to appeal and all previous rulings are made public.The judge's conclusions are that Princess Haya was subjected to a sustained campaign of fear and intimidation by her former husband. He also finds that Shamsa and Latifa were abducted on their father's orders.

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