NEWS: United Arab Emirates
A British court orders the ruler of Dubai to pay his wife $ 734 million.

The High Court in Lon­don has ordered the ruler of Dubai to pay his ex-wife and their two chil­dren more than $ 734 mil­lion, accord­ing to court doc­u­ments released Tues­day that said he posed a “seri­ous risk” to their safety.

The doc­u­ments detail a cus­tody set­tle­ment, dat­ed Novem­ber 19, which appears to be one of the largest in British his­to­ry, amount­ing to around $ 734 mil­lion. The set­tle­ment also appears to resolve a two-year legal bat­tle between the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Mak­toum, and Princess Haya Bint Al Hus­sein, who fled to Lon­don in 2019, seek­ing polit­i­cal asy­lum and divorce. .

Lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya did not imme­di­ate­ly return requests for com­ment on Tuesday.

The Princess’s flight from Dubai, the largest city in the Unit­ed Arab Emi­rates, fol­lowed unsuc­cess­ful efforts to leave two of Sheikh Mohammed’s daugh­ters from anoth­er mar­riage, Sheikha Sham­sa al-Mak­toum and Sheikha Lat­i­fa bint Mohammed al- Maktoum.

Sheikh Mohammed’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives denied that the women were being held against their will.

In Octo­ber, court doc­u­ments revealed that Sheikh Mohammed used high-tech soft­ware pur­chased from an Israeli com­pa­ny to hack the cell phones of his ex-wife, two of his lawyers and three oth­er associates.

In court doc­u­ments released this week, Judge Philip Moor cit­ed the hack­ing and “its kid­nap­ping of Sheikha Sham­sa and Sheikha Lat­i­fa” among oth­er fac­tors as say­ing Sheikh Mohammed “pos­es a seri­ous risk” to the princess and their children. .

Judge Moor said Princess Haya and the chil­dren, giv­en their sta­tus, would have need­ed secu­ri­ty any­way, but stressed that “they are par­tic­u­lar­ly vul­ner­a­ble and need water­proof secu­ri­ty to keep them safe. safe­ty and secu­ri­ty in this country “.

The judge added that Princess Haya was not ask­ing for “a reward for her­self oth­er than for secu­ri­ty” and com­pen­sa­tion for items she had lost fol­low­ing the end of her marriage.

The court ordered Sheikh Mohammed to pay a lump sum of £ 251.5million, or around $ 330million, to Princess Haya, who was the most vis­i­ble of the Sheikh’s six wives. Doc­u­ments indi­cat­ed that the mon­ey was to be used for the upkeep of her British homes, her future secu­ri­ty, and what she was owed for jew­el­ry and racehorses.

Sheikh Mohammed also has to pay more than £ 3million for the edu­ca­tion of the cou­ple’s two chil­dren, plus around £ 10million in arrears, accord­ing to court documents.

Pay­ments will be secured by a £ 290million secu­ri­ty held by HSBC Bank. The final sum of more than half a bil­lion pounds was sig­nif­i­cant­ly low­er than the 1.4 bil­lion pounds request­ed by lawyers for Princess Haya in Octo­ber, accord­ing to court documents.

The divorce case of Princess Haya and Sheikh Moham­mad has pro­vid­ed insight into the life of Dubai royalty.

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