The divorce cash demands of the ex-wife of a Saudi billionaire “are firmly in ‘gasp’ territory”, a judge has heard.
According to documents before the judge, Christina Estrada is seeking “a quarter of a billion pounds just to meet her own needs”.
The former Pirelli calendar girl is due to put her full claim against Sheikh Walid Juffali, with whom she had a daughter, before High Court family judge, Mrs Justice Roberts, at a five-day hearing later this month, starting on June 24.
A preliminary hearing in London has revealed that the legal battle will involve an analysis of what sum Ms Estrada, 54, warrants to maintain her ultra-luxurious lifestyle, following the end of her 13-year-marriage to Dr Juffali, 61.
Justin Warshaw QC, appearing for Dr Juffali, said that Ms Estrada’s schedule of demands was “an extraordinary document — to describe her budget without resort to hyperbole is quite difficult. We are firmly in ‘gasp’ territory.”
A massive legal-costs bill has already been run up in the case after Dr Juffali argued that he was entitled to immunity from his ex-wife’s claim because of his diplomatic status as a permanent representative to the International Maritime Organisation of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia.
The Court of Appeal ruled that Dr Juffali was entitled to diplomatic immunity, but, because he was permanently resident in the UK, he was not immune from legal action, because the divorce claim did not relate to the exercise of his diplomatic duties.
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