09:27, February 28 278 0 theguardian.com

2020-02-28 09:27:05
Dubai ruler loses appeal over release of two UK court judgments

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has lost his appeal against a high court decision to publish two judgments relating to his legal battle with his estranged wife, Princess Haya of Jordan.

Sheikh Mohammed, who is also vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, had challenged the decision to publish two judgments that relate to “certain disputed factual issues” and “issues arising out of the special position of [Sheikh Mohammed] as the sovereign and head of government of a foreign state”.

Princess Haya attended a hearing at the court of appeal in London on Friday where Lord Justice Underhill announced that it was “the unanimous decision of the court” to dismiss Sheikh Mohammed’s appeal.

The judge said Sheikh Mohammed had the option to take his case to the supreme court, and the judgments could not be published until any potential further appeal had been determined.