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Court orders Dubai governor to pay $ 728 million to ex-wife, one of the largest divorce settlements ever made in the UK




The figure will be used to cover Princess Haya’s security costs for the rest of her life, as well as the ongoing costs of the couple’s two children: Al Jalila Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Zayed Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with an advance payment of $ 333 (£ 251.5 million) to be paid in the next three months.

There is no fixed value for the total settlement, as the court ruled that Sheikh Mohammed should pay the annual security expenses of his two children, aged nine and 14, for the rest of their lives or until that a new court order be issued.

In his written verdict on Tuesday, Judge Moor found that the biggest threat facing Princess Haya and her children Jalila and Zayed is “[Sheikh Mohammed] himself, not from external sources “.

The determination was made in reference to the sheikh’s intimidation “campaign” inflicted on Princess Haya, including “her ability to make use of Pegasus software, which is only available to governments.” Spy on the princess and her cane, a revelation that appeared in court documents in October.

Further details about the married life of Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya were revealed in the written verdict, including evidence that the princess paid four security members about £ 6.7 million ($ 8.8 million) in cash. blackmail for keeping quiet about an affair he had with one of them.

Details of the case were heard in court earlier in the case, including allegations by the princess that she had received a threatening phone call from Sheikh Mohammed at the time that left her feeling “terrified”.

The divorce agreement marks the final stage in a years-long battle between the separated couple, during which the UK High Court ruled that Sheikh Mohammed used his “immense wealth, political power and international influence. “to try to intimidate and silence the 47 – year – old princess.

A separate ruling issued in March 2020 concluded that Sheikh Mohammed had already done so previously he arranged for the abduction of two of his daughters and he forcibly returned them to Dubai, where he detained them against his will.

The sheikh has repeatedly denied all claims raised in the case.