Dubai’s ruler ordered abduction of his two daughters

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Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum ordered the abduction of two of his daughters and orchestrated a campaign of intimidation against his former wife, a British judge has ruled, NBC reports.

The Guardian reports that in findings that risk destabilising diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates, a close Gulf ally of Britain, the actions of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum were described by the judge as behaviour which, on the balance of probabilities, amounted to potentially breaking UK and international law.

The judgments also stated the Sheikh conducted a campaign of harassment and intimidation of his former wife Princess Haya, including:

On two occasions a gun was left on her bed with the muzzle pointed towards the door and the safety catch off.

Anonymous notes were left around Haya’s bedroom and elsewhere that she found intimidating, including one note “your life is over” and threatening that they would “take” her children.

A helicopter landed outside Haya’s house. The pilot said he was there to take a passenger to prison. This is something the Sheikh has accepted a helicopter landed but says it was a mistake.

Via The Guardian / NBC / Sky News

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