Walid Juffali, the 60-year-old chairman of one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest conglomerates, is lying stricken in a Swiss hospital, said court documents submitted by Christina Estrada.
The former Pirelli calendar model is pursuing a property claim at the High Court in London for a share of Mr Juffali’s fortune. The Saudi has tried to defeat this action by invoking his status as a Caribbean diplomat.
The Daily Telegraph reported last November that Mr Juffali had become St Lucia’s “permanent representative” to the International Maritime Organisation in London, a post that brings legal immunity in Britain.
If Mr Juffali were to die before the case is concluded, Ms Estrada’s property claim would become irrelevant. At present, Ms Estrada receives a monthly sum of ($100,000) £70,000 from her former husband, who also meets all the expenses of their 13-year-old daughter. These payments would cease on Mr Juffali’s death.