Former Pirelli calendar model Christina Estrada today won her Court of Appeal battle to fight for the right for a share of her former husband’s £4billion fortune.
Three Appeal Court judges unanimously upheld the decision of Family Division judge Mr Justice Hayden in February when he rejected 60-year-old International businessman Sheikh Walid Juffali’s bid to reject her claim on the basis that he was entitled to diplomatic immunity.
The judge ruled that his claim was ‘spurious’ and that he had sought and obtained a diplomatic appointment with the sole intention of defeating 53-year-old Ms Estrada’s claim.
Neither the American-born former supermodel or her ex-husband were in court for the ruling.
Her solicitor Frances Hughes said after the original ruling: ‘Mr Justice Hayden has found that Dr Al-Juffali sought diplomatic immunity with the sole intention of defeating my client’s claims.
‘The issue of the abuse of diplomatic immunity is one with profound international importance, and my client is grateful to the judge for his clear findings in her case.
‘Nevertheless, all my client seeks is an appropriate and fair financial settlement for herself and the parties’ daughter.’
But Dr Juffali’s solicitors Mischcon de Reya said he found the judgment ‘deeply offensive not least in its conclusion that his appointment to the International Maritime Organisation is an artifice.’
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