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£53m payout to Former supermodel Christina Estrada from late ex-husband is delayed

By John Aston

Former supermodel Christina Estrada, who won a £53m award against her Saudi billionaire ex-husband Sheikh Walid Juffali, is still waiting for her money following his death, the High Court has heard.

But the family judge who made the order in favour of the former Pirelli calendar girl, now 54, said she hoped and expected the lump sum would be paid without the need for enforcement action, despite Dr Juffali's "sad death".

The lump sum order was made against Dr Juffali, an international businessman who died aged 61, to meet his former wife's "reasonable needs''.

It is the largest "needs" pay-out ever made by an English court, and a deadline for payment was set on Friday, July 29 at 4pm. However, Dr Juffali died in a Zurich clinic from cancer nine days before the deadline.

Lawyers for Ms Estrada, who is on holiday in the US, returned to court yesterday to consider the latest position against the background possibility that she might have to take enforcement action.

No one appeared to represent the dead billionaire's estate, but Mrs Justice Roberts, sitting in London, said a hearing should take place in October to consider the position further.

In her action, Ms Estrada had asked for £196m in full and final settlement of her claim against Dr Juffali, who married three times and had six children, including a daughter with Ms Estrada.

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