Court Finds Dubai Ruler Hacked British Cell Phones in Bitter Custody Battle

Court Finds Dubai Ruler Hacked British Cell Phones in Bitter Custody Battle


England’s High Court ruled Wednesday that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and vice president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), ordered hackers to break into the smartphones of his ex-wife Princess Haya bint al-Hussein and her lawyers during the battle for custody of their children. One of Haya’s legal representatives is Baroness Fiona Shackleton, a member of the House of Lords.

Haya, 47, is the daughter of the late king of Jordan and half-sister of its current ruler, King Abdullah II. She married Sheikh Mohammed in 2004, becoming his sixth and youngest wife. They were divorced after a bitter legal battle in 2019, which included (apparently accurate) allegations Haya had a lengthy affair with her British bodyguard, and began an even

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