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The opinion of the British court that claims that the emir of Dubai kidnapped two of his daughters and threatened his wife

London / The emir of Dubai, Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktum, kidnapped and held two of his daughters captive between 2000 and 2018 and launched a campaign of “fear and intimidation” against his sixth wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Husein of Jordan, A British court has concluded.

The Superior Court of London has considered “proven” these and other facts alleged by the 45-year-old princess, who arrived in the United Kingdom last April from the UAE with her 12-year-old daughter Al Jalila, and her son Zayed, 8 , fleeing from the threats of his ex-husband.

When Sheikh Mohamed, 70, and Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), claimed the immediate return to Dubai of her children, the princess asked the British court for a juvenile protection order, another to prevent a forced marriage of his daughter and a third away for his own protection.

During the judicial process, in which the sheikh was not present, the half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan asked Judge Andrew McFarlane to consider “facts” the facts she claimed as justification for her demands.


After months of hearing testimony, the judge has issued an opinion in accordance with this Thursday in which he considers the facts demonstrated and that has been released on Thursday along with other details of the trial when a request by the sheikh to keep everything secret is denied.

Thus, today it has been known that the billionaire president, who divorced Princess Haya in February 2019 without notifying him, “ordered and orchestrated” the kidnapping and forced return of England to Dubai by his daughter Shamsa, then 19, in the year 2000, and his daughter Latifa first in 2002 and again in 2018, keeping them in captivity for years.

Through her lawyer, Charles Geekie, the princess explained that her ex-husband also promoted a campaign of “fear and intimidation” against him, in which twice someone left him a loaded pistol on the pillow and in March 2019 a helicopter came looking for her to supposedly take her to a prison in the desert.

Request for judicial secrecy

In a statement after disseminating the opinion, the sheikh has stated that he asked for judicial secrecy to “protect the welfare and interests of children” and lamented that “this outcome does not protect them from media attention in the same way that other children are protected in family law processes in the United Kingdom ”.

“As head of government, I could not participate in the process of establishing the facts of the court. This has resulted in the dissemination of a verdict of “establishing the facts” that inevitably tells only part of the story, “he said.

The sheikh, who last November wanted to withdraw his request for contact with the children to stop the evidence against him – which was denied him – urged the press to respect privacy and not “meddle” in life of his children in the United Kingdom.

The opinion issued today is at least a blow to the reputation of the powerful emir of Dubai, owner of Godolphin Stables, stables of reference in the equestrian world, and that maintains relations with the global elite, including the British royal family. (March 6, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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Question 1
Principalmente, la noticia habla...    
de una petición que hizo un jeque a un tribunal británico.
de una propiedad que tiene el emir de Dubái en el Reino Unido.
del dictamen de un tribunal británico relacionado con el emir de Dubái.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que el Tribunal Superior de Londres...
aún no ha emitido ningún dictamen al respecto.
afirma que no es posible demostrar que ese emir haya secuestrado a sus hijas.
considera como un hecho probado que ese emir de Dubái mantuvo cautivas dos hijas suyas durante casi una década.
Question 3
Según el texto...
ese jeque aún sigue estando casado con la princesa Haya.
ese jeque no creyó que fuera necesario el secreto judicial para proteger el bienestar de los niños.
ese emir amenazó a una de las mujeres con las que estuvo casado.
Question 4
Según el texto, la princesa Haya...  
desmiente que su exmarido haya intentado intimidarla.
tiene previsto divorciarse del emir de Dubái.
pidió a la Justicia británica protección a sus hijos.
Question 5
Si algo te es "denegado"...  
te dan lo que has pedido.
no te conceden algo que has pedido.
te dan algo que no has pedido.
Question 6
La expresión "cuando menos" significa...      
"en otro momento".
"como poco" o "al menos".
"de ningún modo".
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