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Published Date: Saturday 7 March 2020 - 15:19:24
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Dubai ruler imprisoned daughters and threatened his wife, UK court

Dubai ruler imprisoned daughters and threatened his wife, UK court
World  - A court in Britain has found that Dubai’s ruler kidnapped and confined two grown daughters, then threatened one of his many wives when she began to question his treatment of them, according to British court documents released on Thursday.

The ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has been under scrutiny since allegations emerged in late 2018 that the daughters, Sheikha Latifa Mohammed al-Maktoum and Sheikha Shamsa al-Maktoum, had each tried to escape their restricted lives, only to be abducted and returned to house arrest in Dubai, the gleaming financial hub of the United Arab Emirates. The wife who said she had been threatened, Princess Haya of Jordan, fled months later with her two young children to Britain.

None of the allegations had been proven or legally adjudicated until now, after Princess Haya raised them before Britain's high court in a child custody case against her husband. Sheikh Mohammed is unlikely to face legal consequences. But the stark descriptions of how the sheikh wielded his wealth and absolute power against his own family may prove hard to shake.

The sheikh's treatment of his daughters is "of a very high order of seriousness," the judge wrote, and "may well involve findings" that it violated criminal law and human rights norms.


Sheikha Latifa's video, posted on YouTube, made headlines in late 2018 with its allegations that her father had kidnapped Sheikha Shamsa after she escaped her family's estate on a trip to Britain in 2000 and had kept her in drugged isolation ever since. The court documents trace Sheikha Shamsa's disappearance in far greater detail, describing how armed men seized her in Cambridge in August 2000, returned her to her father's estate in Newmarket and put her on a helicopter to France before she was flown back to Dubai in a private jet.

"I don't have the time to write in detail, I am being watched all the time so I'll get straight to the point," reads a letter ostensibly written by Sheikha Shamsa to an immigration lawyer she had hoped could advise her on staying in Britain. "I was caught by my father," reads the letter, cited by the court. "He sent four Arab men to catch me, they were carrying guns and threatening me."

The men had given her two injections and a handful of tablets, the letter stated, but the judge found insufficient evidence to support that claim, finding only that Sheikha Shamsa appeared drunk during her abduction. When she returned to Dubai, the letter stated, she was locked up in solitary confinement.

The British police investigated, only to drop the case after Dubai refused a detective's request to interview the sheikha in person.

Source: NY Times

 

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Published Date: Saturday 7 March 2020 - 15:19:24
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