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Princess Haya is ‘completely’ rightly afraid her children will be snatched from their English mansion by their sheikh father’s henchmen in a helicopter, Supreme Court judge says

  • Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, poses a ‘very serious threat’ to his ex-wife and Al Jalila, 13, and Zayed, nine
  • He could kidnap them like he did their half sisters, princesses Shamsa and Latifa
  • Shamsa was kidnapped at gunpoint in Cambridgeshire in August 2000
  • Latifa was taken off a yacht by commandos when she tried to flee in 2018










Princess Haya is ‘completely’ rightly afraid that her children will be snatched from their English country home by helicopter by their father’s accomplices, a judge said.

Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, poses a “very serious threat” to his ex-wife and Al Jalila, 13, and Zayed, nine.

And he could kidnap them like he did with their half-sisters, Princess Shamsa and Princess Latifa.

Shamsa was abducted at gunpoint in Cambridgeshire in August 2000 after running away from the family’s Longcross estate in Surrey.

She was sedated and taken from the UK by helicopter.

At risk: Princess Haya with children Al Jalila, 13, and Zayed, 9 who a judge says could be kidnapped by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates

It’s unbelievable that a Cambridgeshire police kidnapping investigation would have been shut down by foreign ministers as a favor to the oil-rich country.

When Shamsa’s sister Latifa tried to flee Dubai in 2018, her “compelling and controlling father” sent commandos to kidnap her from her flight yacht, the court has found. She was returned to Dubai.

Now a judge ruled that Haya has good reason to fear for her own life as well as that her ex-husband’s offer to acquire the adjacent estate of her Castlewood mansion in Berkshire was “part of a plan that was ultimately targeted.” on kidnapping the children and causing me harm’.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, the president of the Supreme Court’s family branch, alleged that Sheikh Mohammed had waged a campaign of fear and intimidation against his ex-wife.

He added: “In circumstances where it only takes a moment to snatch a child from a yard or a country lane… my opinion, completely made up.”

He also said that Haya firmly believed that if he saw an opportunity to do so, the father would not hesitate to try to kidnap the two children to repatriate them to Dubai.

Caught at sea: Princess Latifa tried to flee but was captured by commandos on a yacht in 2018

Caught at sea: Princess Latifa tried to flee but was captured by commandos on a yacht in 2018

Held at gunpoint: Princess Shamsa, who was kidnapped at gunpoint in Cambridgeshire in August 2000 after running away from the family's Longcross estate in Surrey

Held at gunpoint: Princess Shamsa, who was kidnapped at gunpoint in Cambridgeshire in August 2000 after running away from the family’s Longcross estate in Surrey

She also believes that her own life and well-being are at great risk because her actions have greatly angered the father.”

The judge added: “When Sheikha Shamsa was abducted from Cambridge in August 2000, she was taken to one of his properties in Newmarket before being taken by helicopter to France where she was put on a private jet and flown to Dubai.”

Against that background, he said Haya was therefore “justified” to consider Sheikh Mohammed’s attempt to purchase the adjacent property as “a very significant threat to her security, both in terms of providing an opportunity for round-the-clock close surveillance and as a to hand transport hub for a helicopter’.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Princess Haya

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (left) hacked into phones to spy on his runway wife Princess Haya (right) after she fled to London, Supreme Court has found

Sheikh's associates tried secretly to get hold of English country house Parkwood on 'Britain's most expensive pitch', Supreme Court heard

Sheikh’s associates tried secretly to get hold of English country house Parkwood on ‘Britain’s most expensive pitch’, Supreme Court heard

One of Haya’s QCs, Tim Otty, told the judge: ‘The children are at great risk.

“By serious risk I mean the fate suffered by Sheikha Shamsa and Sheikha Latifa.”

Charles Geekie QC added that the judge hardly needed to be reminded that hacking Latifa’s phone had led to her being tracked down and kidnapped as she tried to flee for a new life in the West.

The court also learned that Sheikh Mohammed’s right-hand man, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani – who was “the heart” of the Shamsa kidnapping – is still his chief aide and was involved in the attempted Parkwood purchase.

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