This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
Dublin: 5 °C Sunday 26 January, 2020
Advertisement

Estranged wife of Dubai ruler asks UK court for forced marriage protection order

The couple are locked in a legal battle in London over the welfare of their two children.

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein leaving the Royal Courts of Justice in London after the latest hearing yesterday.
Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein leaving the Royal Courts of Justice in London after the latest hearing yesterday.
Image: PA Wire/PA Images

THE ESTRANGED WIFE of the ruler of Dubai has applied for a UK forced marriage protection order relating to their children, a London court has heard.

Princess Haya (45) a wife of 70-year-old United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, has applied for the order, as well as for wardship of their children, and a non-molestation order relating to herself, the UK High Court heard.

The couple are locked in a legal battle in London over the welfare of their two children.

At a preliminary hearing yesterday, Judge Andrew McFarlane allowed media to report that Princess Haya, a Jordanian royal, had made the applications.

The court also heard that Sheikh Mohammed has applied to the High Court for the summary return of the children to Dubai. Distinct from arranged marriages, forced marriages, in UK law, are those without the full and free consent of both parties.

A forced marriage protection order can be used to help someone who is being forced into marriage or who has been subjected to one, according to the government’s official leaflet on the orders.

They can be applied for by the person in question, a relevant third-party or anyone else with the permission of the court.

Applications must include details of how the applicant wants to be protected by the court, with the leaflet giving the example of stopping a person from being taken out of the UK to enter into a marriage without consent.

Foreign media excluded

After a previous hearing held in private in London, the couple issued a statement relating to the nature of the case.

“These proceedings are concerned with the welfare of the two children of their marriage and do not concern divorce or finances,” it said.

It said the preliminary case management hearing would “deal with issues relating to how to proceed to a final hearing to determine the welfare issues”.

Judge McFarlane – who presides over the family division of the High Court of England and Wales – decided yesterday that only accredited journalists with media based within the jurisdiction of England and Wales were allowed to sit in on the proceedings.

Reporters from media organisations not based in the UK were in attendance but were told they could not hear the proceedings.

Princess Haya is a daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and a half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan. The princess was in court for the proceedings while Sheikh Mohammed was not.

She left the court accompanied by her lawyer Fiona Shackleton who represented Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, in his divorce from Diana, princess of Wales.

Sheikh Mohammed is being represented by Helen Ward, who acted for Guy Ritchie in his divorce from pop star Madonna and for former Formula One motor racing supremo Bernie Ecclestone in his divorce.

A small anti-Sheikh Mohammed demonstration took place outside the courts complex. The two-day preliminary hearing is set to continue today.

© AFP 2019  

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

About the author:

AFP

Read next:

COMMENTS (14)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel