March 3, 2020, Reuters
Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has applied to Britain’s top court to try to stop publication of two judgments given in a legal battle with his former wife over the wardship of their two children.
Mohammed has been involved in a dispute with Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, half-sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah, over the welfare of their two children since last May.
Andrew McFarlane, president of London’s High Court Family Division, who has been overseeing the case, has issued two judgments and in January decided these should be made public.
Up to this point, the hearings had been held almost entirely in private.
Last week, Britain’s Court of Appeal rejected Mohammed’s bid to overturn McFarlane’s decision and refused him permission to take the case to the Supreme Court, Britain’s highest judicial body.
However, he is allowed to apply directly and on Tuesday the Supreme Court said it had received his application for permission to appeal which will be heard by three senior judg