Dubai ruler's wife seeks 'forced marriage protection order'

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Dubai ruler's wife seeks 'forced marriage protection order'

London (Web Desk): Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, wife of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has applied for a "forced marriage protection order" in England’s High Court in relation to one of her two children.


The 45-year-old Jordanian daughter of late King Hussein and half-sister to King Abdullah, also applied for a "non-molestation order," which protects from harassment or threats. It was not clear who this order was in relation to.

At the High Court of England and Wales, 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 are already in a forced marriage, according to official British legal definitions.

When asked about the court proceedings, an official at the London embassy of the United Arab Emirates said: "The UAE government does not intend to comment on allegations about individuals' private lives."

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 than 20 children by different wives.