The worst is yet to come to the Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid after the London Court of Appeal ruled that the two rulings issued in a legal battle between him and his former wife, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, regarding the guardianship of their two children, must be published publicly.
Bin Rashid tried to promote the judgments given by Andrew MacFarlane, the head of the Family Court, as legal flaws and should not be published.
However, the three appellate court judges agreed that the two McFarlane rulings should not be published at present, saying that Sheikh Muhammad might submit an appeal to the Supreme Court.
The court is expected to hear bin Rashid’s appeal for the publication of previous rulings in the case, issued by the English Supreme Court last November. In court, it was said that Princess Haya, 45, and the guardian of the children appointed by the court, supported the publication of the rulings.
At the end of last July, Princess Haya asked the Royal Court of Justice in London to the guardianship of her two children, Jalila, 11, and Zayed, 7, and provide them with protection.
The family court judge Sir Andrew McFarlane allowed the media to announce that the princess had applied for guardianship of her two children, not subjecting them to harassment or threats, and to protect them from the consequences of forced marriage.
Judge McFarlane rejected a request from bin Rashid’s lawyer to obtain details of protection orders subject to reporting restrictions. Lawyers for the ruler of Dubai also applied for the speedy return of the children to Dubai.
After the session, Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammed issued a statement, in which they confirmed that the procedures before the court “relate to the well-being of the two children, and are not related to divorce or financial affairs,” according to the British newspaper, The Guardian.