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High Court rules on hacking complaint

22/05/20

The Chancery Division (Deputy Judge Lenon QC) has today given 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) has stolen confidential documents from him through computer hacking, which it has 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.  The Court however found that on the evidence, it was not proven that RAKIA was responsible for the hacking, and it upheld a number of RAKIA’s claims.

The judgment is here.

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