Published: Wed, February 17, 2021
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Dubai's princess issues video from 'villa jail'

Dubai's princess issues video from 'villa jail'

All the windows have bars and I can't open them, "says Latifa Mohamed al Maktoum, the daughter of the Emir of Dubai, in a video broadcast by the BBC's Panorama program".

The BBC said Sheikha Latifa recorded the videos in a bathroom at the villa over months on a phone she secretly received about a year after her capture.

The sheikh - ruler of Dubai and vice president of the UAE - had applied to the British courts for the summary return to Dubai of their children, Jalila, 12, and Zayed, seven, after Princess Haya, fled with them to London in April previous year.

Dr Robinson flew to Dubai in December 2018 at the request of a friend for a lunch at which Latifa was present. The UN sources further said that for initiating any such investigation, UN requires approval from the Security Council and until now, there has not been any such initiatives, as they did not pay any heed to the unsubstantiated claims of David Haigh, Tiina Jauhiainen and Marcus Essabri.

The daughter of Dubai's ruler who tried to flee the country in 2018 later sent secret video messages to friends accusing her father of holding her "hostage" as she feared for her life. All three are the promoters of the Free Latifa campaign.

It was they who managed to establish contact with Latifa as she was held in a Dubai "villa", which she said had barred windows and police guards.

"I am a hostage and this villa has been converted into a jail", Latifa, 35, said in the video published by the BBC as part of a Panorama programme airing on Tuesday.

Panorama has independently verified the details of where Latifa was held.

He upheld Latifa's account that she was detained at sea by Indian special forces and returned to Dubai.

However, Princess Haya, in her legal battle against the emir for the custody of the common children after abandoning him, alleged the kidnapping and retention of Latifa and her half-sister Shamsa (who also tried to flee years before) to reinforce her case and give him it was accepted by the British court where it litigates.

Those who had managed to contact the princess say they are now anxious for her well-being after the messages, sent after her kidnapping in March 2018, suddenly stopped.

Ms Robinson said: "I was particularly tricked when the photographs went public".

She said she did not ask Latifa about her situation because she did not want to "increase the trauma" of Latifa's "condition". That was a total surprise... "I was absolutely stunned".

"The Missing Princess" airs on BBC One in the United Kingdom on Tuesday at 20:30.

The court found Sheikh Mohammed "continues to maintain a regime whereby both these two young women are deprived of their liberty". Princess Haya has been making frantic bids in defaming the image of Sheikh Rashid al-Maktoum and the royal family of the United Arab Emirates. "I just want to be free", she says.

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