THE TELEGRAPH – A Saudi billionaire seeking diplomatic immunity from multi-million pound divorce proceedings has argued that at £70k a month he is already providing for his supermodel ex-wife.
International businessman Sheikh Walid Juffali, who has an estimated fortune of £4 billion, divorced former Pirelli calendar girl Christina Estrada in Saudi Arabia but is now facing a suit in London’s Crown Court.
Dr Juffali, 60, claims he has made “generous” provision for his ex-wife, giving her a property in Beverly Hills, California, paying her 100,000 US dollars (£70,700) per month and meeting all the expenses of their 13-year-old daughter.
However Ms Estrada, 53, says Dr Juffali, 60, obtained their divorce without her knowledge and is demanding a financial settlement for their 13-year marriage.
Dr Juffali was appointed as the permanent representative for St Lucia to the London headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in April 2014.
The post grants Dr Juffali diplomatic immunity – exempting him from the UK laws – and may effectively grant him protection from having to settle Ms Estrada’s demands.