The billionaire ruler of Dubai ordered the kidnap of his two daughters – one on the streets of Britain – before locking them up and torturing them behind his palace walls, a High Court judge has found.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 70, “ordered and orchestrated” the abduction of Princess Shamsa in 2000 and her sister Princess Latifa twice, in 2002 and in 2018, according to a judgement by the court, The SunUK reported.
The High Court found that neither princess has recently been seen and they both reportedly remain locked up in their father’s palace.
The ruling also found the sheikh waged a campaign of ‘fear and intimidation’ against his sixth wife Princess Haya, who recently fled to Britain fearing he would kill her.
Sir Andrew McFarlane, the most senior family judge in England and Wales, explained in his judgement that “a substantial element in the extreme concern (Princess Haya) has for the future well-being of her children arises from her belief that Shamsa and Latifa have been and are deprived of their liberty on an open-ended basis”.
Judge McFarlane published his findings after a 10-month case, which began last year when Princess Haya, 45, fled to the UK with the couple’s daughter Al Jalila, 12, and son Zayed, eight.
In May, Sheikh Mohammed sent his lawyers to the High Court demanding the “summary return” of his children to Dubai.
Princess Haya also asked for the High Court for permission to stay in Britain as she feared for her life if she returned home.