Friday, 6 November 2015

Janan Harb, widow of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia wins £25 million in High Court payout

Janan Harb outside the court having just won the case

High Court victory: The judge ruled in favour of Janan Harb over Prince Abdul Aziz

The "secret wife" of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia has been awarded a multimillion pound claim in the High Court after a judge ruled a son of the king had agreed to a huge payout.

The court heard Palestinian-born Janan Harb, 68, had "a lavish, high-maintenance lifestyle" and received payments previously "to buy her silence in respect of her relationship with the late king".

Although her behaviour was described as "unattractive", the judge ruled her claims about the agreement was credible and that she was entitled to more than £15 million and the value of two London apartments worth more than £5 million each.

The ruling was against Prince Abdul Aziz - son of another wife of the king - who denied an agreement was in place with Ms Harb when he the pair met the Dorchester Hotel on June 20 2003, while the king was seriously ill.

Ms Harb told the court she had secretly married the king in 1968 when she was 19. At the time, he was a prince and Saudi Arabia's minister of the interior.

In a seven-day hearing heard in July, Ms Harb said the king's relatives were opposed to their relationship because she was from a Christian family.

While giving evidence, Ms Harb said the king promised to provide for her financially for the rest of her life after they separated,

At the Dorchester in 2003, the prince agreed to pay her £12 million and hand back ownership of two flats in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea to keep his father's promise.

The prince made written statements to the court denying her claim but Mr Justice Peter Smith ruled there had been an agreement.

The judge ordered Prince Abdul Aziz to attend court in person to give evidence, but was told the current Saudi monarch King Salman and the royal family feared his appearance would result in "a media circus".

His absence led to an order to pay £25,000 to charity for contempt of court.

Giving judgment, the judge said the fact that the prince chose not to give evidence "severely handicapped - fatally so in my view" the attempt by his QC, Ian Mill, to put forward his case.

Speaking after the ruling, Ms Harb said: "This has been 12 years of misery for me. I am very happy with British justice.

"Thank God we have British justice. The prince wanted me to go to Saudi Arabia where he would have had power over all this.

"I am very relieved. I only wish he could have honoured his father's wishes... he is being very mean."

Ms Harb said she was banished from Saudi Arabia by the king's immediate family in 1970 after they "wrongly" blamed her for his addiction to methadone.

Text from The Evening Standard

Saturday, 7 February 2015

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Janan Harb & King Fahd: revealing comment left by Hunter News on youkal.net




Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Fahd
The comment reads:

نعم السيدة جنان هي سيدة مسيحية من أصول فلسطينية وهي زوجة الملك فهد بن عبد العزيز ولكنه لم يعلن زواجه منها لأن الأعلان عن هذا الزواج وقتها كان سيحرمه من تولي عرش المملكة العربية السعودية, فقام في الستينات ببناء منزل خاص بها في شارع خالد بن الوليد في مدينة جدة, وبقيت السيدة جنان في هذا المنزل الى قبل ان يصبح وليآ للعهد في عهد الملك خالد رحمه ألله بعد وفاة المغفور له الملك فيصل رحمه ألله ولكي لا يلاقي الملك فهد معارضة من أخوته لتولي العرش بحجة أنه متزوج من أجنبية مسيحية وهو ما يتعارض مع قوانين المملكة العربية السعودية فتم الأتفاق بين الملك فهد والسيدة جنان على أن ترحل من المملكة العربية السعودية الى لندن لتستقر بها وربما رحل معها شقيقها الذي كان يقيم أيضآ في المملكة بين مدينتي الرياض وجدة, ( كلامي هذا هو شهادة للتاريخ ). ومنزلها في مدينة جدة قدمه الأمير عبد العزيز لأخ والدته غير الشقيق من آل الأبراهيم يعيش فيه لغاية يومنا هذا.

Yes indeed, Janan is a Palestinian Christian. She was the wife of King Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz. He did not declare the marriage because, at that time, it would have deprived him of becoming the future King Of Saudi Arabia.

In the sixties, the Prince built her a residence located at Khalid Bin Waleed Street in Jeddah. She lived there up until the Prince was ready to become Crown Prince to King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz.

 Due to tremendous opposition from Fahd's brothers over the fact that he was married to a foreign Christian which is forbidden by Saudi Laws, she was asked to leave the Kingdom, to be exiled in London. Her brother who was living with her, accompanied her. (This is a historical witness statement).

Recently, her former residence was given by Abdul Aziz to the brother of his mother "Al Ibrahim" who is currently living in it.

Monday, 23 July 2012

University of Surrey's International Alumni Day

I decided to visit my old university on its grand open day for the alumni, on Sat 14th July 2012. I studied Hotel & Catering Management 1981-85 (now called Hospitality and Tourism Management). I was accompanied by my old chum Gary Byrne who, 1981-85, studied Language and International Studies (that department is also bound to have changed its name too by now).

The new (to me anyway) Management building

Prof. Graham Miller,  Head of School of Hospitality and Tourism Management  

A lecture theatre

The University Library

Gary Byrne
Gary attended a concert (Symphonova - a world first) while I went to a reception put on by my department. I was hoping to see lots of old friends but it turned out that I was the only one there from my year! Anyway, it was good to go back. The place has grown almost beyond recognition. It appears that any green spaces that I remember have now been built on!

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Greenfields Theatre Company Presents: The Three Musketeers






Once again, the Greenfields Theatre Company proved itself highly professional having just put on a wonderful and very successful production of The Three Musketeers by Ken Ludwig, as part of Greenfields School's end of year celebrations.

In was a daunting task in the shadow of GTC's rip-roaring success last year, The 39 Steps, but the cast and crew really pulled it off - it was hilarious! The audiences on all three nights this year were delighted with the performances.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

New service to revolutionise card payments in the UK


£35.5 billion of SME bad debt just one of many areas seen to benefit from service

London - A new payment system is launching in the UK that will enable companies of all sizes to accept credit and debit card payments through their mobile phone.

mPowa
is a service that includes a mobile phone app and a reader which connects to a smartphone or mobile device either by plugging into its headphone socket or via Bluetooth. It enables customers to make payments on the go using their card in a way never before seen in Britain.

The mobile app is free to download on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and Blackberry devices and functions as the control centre that accepts the payment. It monitors payments made by card as well as cash and cheque, as well as processing each transaction securely. The reader, when connected to a mobile phone, is used to swipe the magnetic strip of the card, or for the chip and pin device, the card is inserted and the customer is prompted to enter their PIN code. mPowa will enable businesses, including sole traders, to take payments immediately without waiting for invoices to be issued and paid.

The device is launched as many businesses are struggling to survive because of bad debt. In the UK, £35.5 billion of debt is owed to SMEs alone. In the second half of last year, small and medium firms reported waiting an average of 29.6 days longer than agreed payment terms, which is a figure that represents an increase over the first half of 2011.

Because many firms are currently unable to accept card payments due to the cost of devices, mPowa will function as a way of shortening the payment process from what can be months, to a matter of minutes.

Dan Wagner, Chairman and CEO of Powa Technologies, the company behind mPowa, said, “We created mPowa as a response to an age-old problem that needed a solution – a universal payment system that will enable anyone to accept money from customers without excessive costs or waiting times. Whether you’re a large enterprise looking to mobilise your sales team, a market trader, or a local plumber who wants to accept payment on the spot, even from customers who don’t have cash to hand, this is a unique offering that will have a huge impact right across the country.”

Both the mobile app and reader are free and the only cost associated with using mPowa is the small 25p or 0.25% fee charged for each credit or debit card payment processed, making it accessible to all businesses. And because it accommodates existing banking relationships, there’s no need for a business to change its banking details to use the service.

A web-based Merchant Dashboard account management system enables users to fully monitor payments in addition to the mobile app. Meanwhile, receipts can be sent by email or SMS.
Dan continued, “I am always speaking to businesses that squander valuable time chasing late payments because they were unable to take the money upfront in the first place. This problem is crippling companies who are already struggling in this difficult economic climate and many are having to close their doors because of this. mPowa will be an invaluable service for accepting payments whether the point of sale is the doorstep or the shop floor.”

About mPowa
mPowa is a point of sale device that enables credit and debit card payment s to be made on the go. It consists of a mobile phone app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows or Blackberry devices, and a card reader. This can be either a magnetic stripe reader (MSR) which can be plugged into the phone’s headphone socket or a Chip & PIN device which communicates with the phone through Bluetooth. It is the first service of its kind in the UK.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Kenwood Exhibition, The Lighthouse, Woking


Katherine Higgins interviewing Kenneth Grange, CBE at The Lightbox, Woking

I attended
The Art of Design: Kenwood in the Kitchen at The Lighthouse, Woking twice during its almost two month run (28 April to 24 June) and it was a real pleasure on both occasions.
...................Kenneth Grange turned this................. into this in 1960
..........................(photo credits: The Lighbox, Woking and eyeseenicee).

My first visit, on 15 May 2012, was to be in the audience of In Conversation with Kenneth Grange; interviewed by TV presenter Katherine Higgins. Kenneth told us how he landed a career in industrial design and how he came to be commissioned by my step father, Ken Wood in 1960, to redesign the then clunky Kenwood Chef into something more attractive and stylish. He told told us the story (one that I had heard Ken Wood tell many times) of how Kenneth ran out of time making his proposed design, and "cheated" by mounting half of his model of the Chef on a mirror to make it look like a whole one! Ken Wood loved both the design and Kenneth's half-a-Chef-on-a-mirror trick, and gave him the job "probably because I was cheap and because I said I could do it quickly".t was wonderful to see Kenneth again. The last time we met, I was probably an infant.
A few photos I took of the exhibition

I returned on the last day of the exhibition to have a proper look at all the exhibits, a few of which I and my mother had lent The Lighthouse. It was all so well presented, and it included a TV documentary on the history of the Kenwood company as well as an opportunity to hear an audio recording of Ken Wood himself dictating his life story.


In addition to several different editions of the Kenwood Chef and other Kenwood products, also on display was the actual half-model on a mirror that Kenneth Grange presented to Ken Wood in 1960; various children's toy versions of the Chef; newspaper cuttings; awards; photographs; a miniature Kenwood Chef in gold that could be worn as a brooch or pendant; a Kenwood cigarette lighter; Kenwood adverts; Kenwood recipe books; many important original documents including instruction manuals and even one of Ken Wood's passports.


Ken Wood, Local Hero
The Kenwood Display, Woking Museum

I also had time to have a look around the section of the building that is Woking's museum. I was very pleased to see there that Ken Wood was (and probably still is at time of writing) occupying the Local Hero slot. He would be honoured. There is also a permanant display of Kenwood products there as the company is considered such an important part of Woking's history.

Kenneth Maynard Wood, 1916-97