A High Court in England has found that Dubai ruler authorised the phone hacking of his ex-wife and her lawyers, during a custody battle over their children.
The court ruled that 72-year-old Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered the phone of his sixth wife, Princess Haya, 47, to be targeted with sophisticated Pegasus spyware.
Haya fled the United Arab Emirates for England in 2019 with her children, claiming she was “terrified” of her husband.
Judge Sir Andrew McFarlane said the hack interfered with justice.
He called the hacking findings a “total abuse of trust and indeed an abuse of power to a significant extent”.
“He has harassed and intimidated the mother both before her departure to England and since,” McFarlane added.
Last year, the judge found that Al Maktoum ordered the abduction of two of his daughters; Sheikha Shamsa, 40, and Sheikha Latifa, 35.
But the Dubai ruler denied the allegations.