UK Court: Dubai Ruler used Israeli Pegasus software to hack ex-wife’s phone

According to a UK senior high court, the hacking is part of a "sustained campaign of intimidation and threat" during the custody battle over their children.

The ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (AFP)
The ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum. (AFP)

The ruler of the Emirate of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, used Israeli software to hack the phones of his ex-wife and her lawyers.

The hacking is part of a “sustained campaign of intimidation and threat” during the custody battle over their children.

These revelations were ruled by England’s High Court.

According to details, the Dubai ruler used the powerful Israeli Pegasus software to hack the phone of his ex-wife, Princess Haya bint Hussein, the half-sister of Jordan’s King Abdullah II.

Phone hacking in process.
Hacking is in process.

Moreover, people working for the Dubai ruler also tried to buy a mansion next door to Haya’s estate near London.

The UK senior high court ruled that this intimidatory action made Haya feel like she “cannot breathe anymore.”

Dubai ruler rejects these claims

The Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum rejected these findings by the UK court, saying that these rulings were unfair and were based on an incomplete picture.

The Dubai ruler remarked that neither the Emirate of Dubai nor the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were not a party to the proceedings, nor did they participate in the rulings.

Therefore, the findings are “inevitably based on an incomplete picture,” Al Maktoum added.

Israeli Pegasus Software

Pegasus is a hacking software created by the Israeli NSO group.
Pegasus, a hacking software created by the NSO group.

Pegasus is a hacking software created by the Israeli NSO group.

shocking report compiled by the Washington Post has revealed that countries have used the software to hack the phones of journalists, politicians, activists, and business persons worldwide.

The report revealed that India was among the most prominent client of the Pegasus software.

Among the top ten client states were the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Rwanda, Hungary, and Mexico.

PM Imran Khan’s phone among those targeted

According to The Washington Post report, the Israeli software was used to target hundreds of phone numbers from Pakistan, including Prime Minister Imran Khan’s phone number.

The Information Minister, Fawad Chaudhry, had expressed concern over the report, saying that the policies of the Modi administration had “dangerously polarized” the region.


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