Dubai ruler oversaw threats to wife and abduction of daughters, court rules

Legal rulings reveal campaign of intimidation by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

Jane Croft and Andrew England
March 5, 2020, Financial Times

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the billionaire ruler of Dubai, orchestrated a campaign “aimed at intimidating and frightening” his former wife Princess Haya that included leaving a gun on her bed on two occasions, London’s High Court has ruled.

The court, which is hearing a case concerning the welfare of their two children, accepted evidence from Princess Haya that she had been left “terrified” with no option but to flee from Dubai with the children last April.

The ruling also found that Sheikh Mohammed, who is deputy president and prime minister