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High Court rules on state hacking complaint against Ras Al Khaimah

High Court rules on state hacking complaint against Ras Al Khaimah

The High Court (Deputy Judge Lenon QC) on 22 May 2020 gave judgment in Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA) v Azima.  RAKIA sued Mr Azima over various business dealings, while Mr Azima contends that RAKIA (at the direction of the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah) stole confidential documents through computer hacking, which it then deployed in the proceedings.

RAKIA maintains that it found the documents on public internet sites and denies that it was behind the hacking. The Court rejected RAKIA’s explanation as to how it came into possession of the hacked material. However, the Court found that on the evidence, it was not proven that RAKIA was responsible for the hacking, and upheld a number of RAKIA’s claims.

Tim Lord QC and Hugo Leith, instructed by Burlingtons Legal LLP, acted for Mr Azima.

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