LONDON – London’s Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that two judgments in the legal battle between Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, and his former wife over the wardship of their two children should be made public.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum had said that the judgments of Andrew McFarlane, president of London’s High Court Family Division, in the case involving Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein, half-sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah, were wrong in law and should not be publicized.
‘The unanimous decision of the court is that these appeals should be dismissed’, said Justice Nicholas Underhill, vice-president of the Court of Appeal.
‘this means, subject to one important provision, that both judgments, and the judgment on the questions of publication, can be published’.
The three Court of Appeal judges refused permission for Mohammed’s legal team to appeal to the Supreme Court, saying their reasons would be given next week.
However, they agreed that McFarlane’s ruling should not be made public until at least Tuesday at 1600 GMT to allow an application to be made directly to the United Kingdom’s highest judicial body.
The contest in the British court began last May and there have been a number of private hearings at London’s High Court before McFarlane which have been subject to strict reporting restrictions.
Sheikh Mohammed, 70, had appealed against publication of two judgments by McFarlane on ‘fact-finding’ and ‘assurances and waivers’, after he decided last month that these should be made public.
Princess Haya, 45-year-old daughter of the late Ling Hussein of Jordan, and the court-appointed guardian og the children both supported publication, the court heard.
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