Royal tussle

The High Court is set to become the stage for a battle between two wealthy Arab rulers. Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamed al-Thani and his father, Sheikh Hamed bin Khalifa al-Thani, are reported to be on course for a major courtroom confrontation in London over billions of dollars of state money which Sheik Hamed claims his father, who he deposed as ruler of Qatar in 1995, misappropriated. One aspect of the case which will raise major legal questions is the status of Sheikh Khalifa. If he can still lay claim to the throne of the Gulf state he once ruled he could use sovereign immunity to ward off the proceedings.