Dubai’s Princess Haya seeks legal protection in London

Princess Haya Bint al Hussein of Jordan leaves the High Court in London

Princess Haya Bint al Hussein of Jordan leaves the High Court in London

Princess Haya is seeking a forced married protection order in the United Kingdom, relating to one of her two children with Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Reuters reports.

The British court system says that a forced marriage protection order can be implemented to "protect the person who has been, or is being, forced into marriage". He had applied to the High Court for return of the children to Dubai after they left the United Arab Emirates with Princess Haya earlier this year.

Princess Haya was reportedly living in her manship worth $107 million in Kensington Palace Gardens, Central London, in July.

The 70-year-old sheikh, who is also vice-president of the UAE, Wednesday the princess, a former member of the International Olympic Committee, in 2004 in what was believed to be his sixth marriage.

Princess Haya was present during Tuesday's hearing in the High Court of England and Wales, but the sheikh was not.

Her legal team includes Fiona Shackleton, who represented Prince Charles during his divorce from Princess Diana.

Haya also sought custody of their two children and a non-molestation order at the hearing.

The couple married in 2004, but the 45-year-old princess, who is the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan, left Dubai earlier this month claiming to be in fear of her life.

Princess Haya is the sixth and youngest of the sheikh's wives and a well-known global figure. She is also the half-sister of the current Jordanian ruler, King Abdullah II.

Princess Haya, a former member of the International Olympic Committee, competed in equestrian jumping in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She had often attended Britain's Royal Ascot horse races alongside Sheikh Mohammed. The order was rejected by Judge Andrew McFarlane, the president of the high court's family division, who ruled there was "the public interest in the public understanding, in very broad terms, proceedings that are before the court", according to BBC. Sheikh Mohammed reportedly has 20 children by different wives.

In September, Amnesty International said that after Sheikha Latifa was recaptured, she had been held "incommunicado in an undisclosed location" that "possibly entailed multiple violations of international human rights law by both India and the UAE, including arbitrary detention, torture, and enforced disappearance". She had also posted a video recounting her abuse by her own family.

Why is Princess Haya in London?

However, she is suspected to have recently found out more information regarding the case, something which may have caused her to come under increased pressure from her husband and his family.

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