An Emirati ruler has been ordered to pay his ex-wife one of the largest divorce settlements ever handed down by a U.K. court on Tuesday.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of the city of Dubai, was ordered by a U.K. court to pay his ex-wife Princess Haya bint Hussein more than $728 million (£500 million), which will be used to cover security costs for the rest of her life, as well as ongoing costs for the couple's two children, Al Jalila bint Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum and Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. Sheikh Mohammed will be required to make an upfront payment of $333 (£251.5 million) within the next three months, according to CNN.
Mr Justice Moor wrote in a statement that he found the biggest threat facing the princess and her children to be her husband. His determination was made in reference to Sheikh Mohammed's "campaign" of intimidation inflicted on Princess Haya, which included using government Pegasus software to spy on Princess Haya and her staff, the outlet reported.
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Also disclosed in the order was evidence the princess had bribed four security staff with roughly $8.8 million (£6.7 million) to keep quiet over an affair she had with one of them. The princess said earlier in the case she had received a threatening phone call from her husband over the affair at the time, which left her feeling "terrified," according to the outlet.
The divorce settlement begins the final stage in a yearslong battle between the estranged couple, during which the U.K. high court determined Sheikh Mohammed used his "immense wealth, political power and international influence" to bully and silence his wife, the outlet reported.
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A previous ruling in March 2020 concluded he had organized the abduction of two of his daughters to have them forcibly returned to Dubai, holding them against their will. He has repeatedly denied all claims raised in the case, according to the outlet.