March 5, 2020 / 11:50 AM / a month ago

UK Supreme Court refuses permission for Dubai ruler to appeal publicity ruling

FILE PHOTO: Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, the wife of Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and her lawyer Baroness Fiona Shackleton arrive at the High Court in London, Britain, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s top court on Thursday refused Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum permission to appeal a ruling allowing publication of two judgements given in a legal battle with his former wife over the wardship of their children.

Mohammed has been involved in a dispute with Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, half-sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah, over the welfare of their two children since last May.

Andrew McFarlane, president of London’s High Court Family Division, who has been overseeing the case, has issued two judgements and in January decided these should be made public.

The Supreme Court refused Mohammed permission to make an appeal against that decision, saying his case did “not raise an arguable point of law of general public importance”. However, strict reporting restrictions remain in place for the time being.

Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Toby Chopra

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