Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, interfered with British justice by ordering the hacking of his ex-wife, Princess Haya of Jordan’s phone.
According to the court, her attorneys’ phones, Baroness Fiona Shackleton QC and Nick Manners were also targeted throughout their divorce custody dispute.
Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum has denied knowing anything about the hacking.
The hacking described in the judgements as.
“repeated violations of (UK) domestic criminal law,” “violation of basic common law and ECHR rights,”.
“interference with the process of this court and the mother’s access to justice,” and “abuse of power” by a head of government.
The president of the High Court’s Family Division determined that “The mother’s (Princess Haya’s) phone, two of her lawyers’ phones.
phones had all been successfully or unsuccessfully infiltrated by surveillance software.
The court determined that the monitoring was conducted “by servants or agents of the father (Sheikh Mohammed), the Emirate of Dubai, or the [United Arab Emirates], and that the surveillance happened with the direct or implicit authorization of the father.”
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The magnitude of the attack is alarming in terms of the data that the hackers had access to.
NSO’s Pegasus software, sometimes known as “spyware,” can monitor the individual’s phone location, read SMS messages, emails, and messages in other applications, eavesdrop on phone calls, and access their contact list, passwords, calendar dates, and photos. In other words, it grants the hacker total access to all of the data on their target’s phone.