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Sheikh Mohammed expected to miss Royal Ascot under cloud of High Court ruling

Sheikh Mohammed expected to miss Royal Ascot under cloud of High Court ruling

Martyn Ziegler, The Times June 14, 2022 Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum is expected to be absent from Royal Ascot this week after last year’s revelations in a court case. The sheikh has previously been a guest of the Queen in the ...
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Sheikh Mohammed: Should we really allow this man on a racecourse?

Owen Slot, The Times June 3, 2022 No one seems to know if Sheikh Mohammed is going to attend the Cazoo Derby at Epsom. The race has certainly been good to him: he has had the Derby winner in two ...
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England and the Lost Princess

Peter Bach, CounterPunch May 20, 2022 It is one of those strange and heady days when you’re being driven towards New York, but the New York that you‘re being driven towards is not the one you love so much and ...
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How Pegasus spyware ‘infected’ the phones of Jeff Bezos, El Chapo and No 10

It is the must-have eavesdropping system for the world’s autocrats — as well as many democratic governments. Last week it was reported that some officials at No 10 and the Foreign Office had had their smartphones “infected” with Pegasus, a ...
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UAE tried to ‘influence’ Tory ministers to ‘mislead’ the public, sacked embassy guard says in court papers

The United Arab Emirates tried to “influence” Government ministers to “mislead” the British public about important international affairs, a sacked embassy bodyguard claims. Conservative politicians including Ben Wallace and Gavin Williamson, the current and former defence secretaries, Leo Docherty, the ...
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Sheikh Mohammed: ‘Abusive’ Dubai ruler loses responsibility for children

Dubai’s ruler has been denied legal responsibility for two of his children who live in fear of abduction in Britain because of his “remorseless and unremitting” domestic abuse. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, 72, a member of the Queen’s racing ...
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The Price Of Happiness

U.N. Power Broker Jeffrey Sachs Took Millions From the UAE to Research “Well-Being” STARTING IN 2016, the men who run the United Arab Emirates went all-in on positivity. They installed a giant smiley face on the dome crowning a Dubai police station. They ...
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Dubai Ruler Ordered to Pay More Than $728 Million in Divorce Settlement

London court rules Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid must pay Princess Haya a lump sum of about $333 million plus annual payments. A London court awarded the former wife of Dubai’s ruler a divorce settlement of more than £550 million, equivalent to ...
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Princess Haya ‘blackmailed’ out of £7m by security team she paid to keep quiet about affair with British bodyguard

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered to pay £554m to ex-wife in Britain’s most expensive divorce. Princess Haya was "blackmailed" out of £7 million by four members of her security team whom she paid to keep quiet about an ...
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Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed ordered to pay Princess Haya £554m in divorce settlement

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the billionaire ruler of Dubai, must pay about £554m in child maintenance and security costs to his estranged wife Princess Haya and their two children, in what is believed to be the largest post-divorce financial ...
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Princess Haya divorce: the sheikh and the £75m horse war

Divorce files show Princess Haya accused Dubai’s ruler of seizing 83 horses for the stables that bankroll British racing. Kevin Manning was wearing the green and black silks of Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein when he rode New Approach to win ...
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Dubai’s Princess Haya wins record £554m divorce settlement

Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammed’s High Court battle has revealed details of blackmail by her bodyguard lover. The ruler of Dubai has been ordered to pay his youngest wife and their two children a record £554 million settlement after a ...
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Dubai ruler’s ex-security chief sues for unfair dismissal: Powerlifitng former Marine accuses UK firm of favouritism after it let him go but kept guards on with less experience under Covid cuts

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum's former security manager who was in charge after the sheikh's wife had a two-year affair with another bodyguard is fighting an unfair dismissal battle. Mark Bromilow, 41, who served in the Royal Marines and ...
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In Letter from Tihar, Christian Michel Asks UK PM to Sanction Modi for UAE Princess’s Abduction

The UK national, who has spent three years in jail awaiting trial in the AgustaWestland case, says the Modi government helped the UAE abduct Princess Latifa in 2018 so that it could get him in exchange ...
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The Real Housewives comes to Dubai

The blingy TV franchise is coming to the emirate with a reputation for extreme luxury. It might be an awkward marriage. “Life is different in a gated community.” In the 15 years since The Real Housewives of Orange County first buttonholed its ...
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Judge calls for radical action to end secrecy of family courts

A senior judge has called for an end to secrecy in family cases in the biggest overhaul of court reporting in 60 years. Sir Andrew McFarlane’s plan would create a presumption of “openness and transparency” in all family court cases, ...
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Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya’s historic divorce proceedings are underway

The High Court recently found that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered the hacking of the phones of his ex-wife and her lawyers, amid their acrimonious split. Earlier this month, news broke that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ...
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The legal battle between Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammed

Ten-day hearing is expected to lead to largest divorce payout in British legal history. Jordan’s Princess Haya has launched her court bid to claim what experts predict may be a record-breaking divorce settlement from her estranged billionaire husband, Dubai ruler ...
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Dubai royal divorce begins

The biggest divorce case in British legal history began yesterday as a Jordanian princess arrived at court to demand a share of the fortune of the ruler of Dubai. Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, 47, is seeking a settlement following the ...
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Lawyer of the week: Sarah Palin, who acted so journalists could publish judgments on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum’s custody hearings

Sarah Palin at Doughty Street Chambers acted successfully for nine newspapers and broadcasters, including The Times, so they could publish judgments on the custody hearings between the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, and his former wife, Princess ...
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French Captain to File Suit Over 2018 Capture of Dubai Princess, Case to ‘Also be Against India’

Narendra Modi is accused of authorizing Indian navy commandos to capture Princess Latifa on the high seas after speaking to Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed ...
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Polo club urged to cut ties with sheikh over ‘hacking’

An exclusive club closely associated with the royal family has been urged to sever its links with the ruler of Dubai after a judge found he had orchestrated the hacking of mobile phones. The Guards Polo Club was founded by ...
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Dubai ruler’s ‘campaign of fear and intimidation’ against Princess Haya

Findings of UK high court judge have repercussions beyond the Gulf state. So bad were relations between Princess Haya and her estranged husband Dubai’s billionaire ruler that she felt “hunted all the time” and that there was “nowhere for me ...
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Sheikh Mohammed: Reopen ‘hacking’ case, Met urged

Scotland Yard faces growing pressure to reopen an investigation into alleged phone hacking by the ruler of Dubai. Detectives closed the inquiry eight months before a High Court ruling was made public on Wednesday. It found that Sheikh Mohammed bin ...
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Cherie Blair is adviser to NSO, the firm behind Pegasus spyware

Cherie Blair faces scrutiny about her work for a secretive company behind a spyware system despite exposing its use in the hacking of a Conservative peer. The wife of Tony Blair, the former Labour leader, is an ethics adviser to ...
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