Dubai rulers wife seeks ‘forced marriage protection order’ in English court

FILE PHOTO: Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, daughter of Jordan's late King Hussein and wife of ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, attends an interview with Reuters in Dubai, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

LONDON (Reuters) – The wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Jordanian Princess Haya, has applied for a “forced marriage protection order” in an English court in relation to one of her two children.

Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, the 45-year-old daughter of late King Hussein and half-sister to King Abdullah, also applied for a “non-molestation order,” which protects from harassment or threats.

At Londons High Court, she also applied for wardship, which means a child is placed in the hands of the court for major decisions.

A forced marriage protection order helps if someone says they have been forced into marriage or already in a forced marriage, according to official British legal definitions.

A spokeswoman for the United Arab Emirates did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives of the sheikh did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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

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