British court says Dubai monarch hacked ex-wife’s phone with Israeli Pegasus

British court says Dubai monarch hacked ex-wife's phone with Israeli Pegasus

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (right), and his wife Haya bint Al-Hussein (left), attend the 2008 Royal Ascot event in England, England. Windsor = AFP Yonhap News

A British court has ruled that the Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 72, the ‘billionaire of the Middle East’, has hacked the cell phone of his ex-wife and her surroundings. People. The spyware Pegasus made by an Israeli security company was used for the hacking. This is the first time that the specific misuse of ‘Pegasus’ used for illegal surveillance of mobile phones by journalists and politicians around the world has been confirmed.

According to the AFP news agency on the 6th (local time), the British High Court recently ruled that “Mohamed continued to threaten his sixth wife, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, 47, Jordan by cell phone hacking.” approved or waived.” . The two are currently in the UK for divorce and custody.

The court found that Mohamed’s side had hacked not only Princess Haya, but also the cell phones of five people, including British Senator Fiona Shackleton, who was his lawyer, and his bodyguard. Princess Haya’s cell phone was hacked 11 times in July and August last year and it was found that data from 24-hour voice recordings and 500 photos were leaked. “The facts disclosed are in violation of British criminal law and also in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights,” the court said.

The hacking came to light when a senior manager of NSO Group, the Israeli security company that developed Pegasus, pointed to Sherry Blair, the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and an advisor to NSO Group. Princess Haya recognizes the hack after receiving an emergency call from Sherry Blair.

It was also revealed that Mohamed had tried to buy the home next to Princess Haya in Berkshire, London, for £30 million (about 48.5 billion won). The court also ordered a ban on access to 100 meters around her home and flying in the sky for purposes of surveillance or coercion for Princess Haya.

Princess Haya, half-brother of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, graduated from Oxford University in England and married Mohamed in 2004. However, controversy arose over the abduction of two daughters and captives from other wives by Emperor Muhammad. Princess Haya, who received a divorce notice in 2019, fled to the UK with her two minor children and is filing a custody case.

In response to the verdict, Mohammed said, “I do not accept the allegations,” and added, “As a monarch, it is inappropriate to provide evidence relating to sensitive matters to foreign courts, given that he was in a private family. Contains- Related Litigation.”

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