Missing Dubai princess re-emerges in videos at 'jail villa'

Mary Robinson

Video of Dubai princess reveals details of her 'hostage' situation in police-guarded 'prison villa'

They have always said Latifa is safe in the loving care of her family.

After failing to defame the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, infamous half-sister of King of Jordan, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein [also known as Princess Haya] has resorted to fresher tricks of blackmailing her former husband Sheikh Maktoum by releasing a staged and back-dated video of Sheikha Latifa bint al-Maktoum (also known as Princess Latifa).

At the start of the video, the 35-year-old Sheikha Latifa talks about recording the video from the bathroom, saying that "it is the only room in the villa where she can actually close the door with a key".

The Jordanian princess described a visit to Latifa's locked and guarded house in December 2018: "She opened the door, looked at me, embraced me and burst into tears".

"Every day I am anxious about my safety and my life, I don't really know if I'm going to survive this situation". I don't really know if I'm going to survive this situation.

"Everyday I worry about my safety and my life".

Latifa reportedly tried to escape twice - once in 2002 and again in 2018, when Indian security forces caught her off the coast and she was returned to Dubai. The pair boarded a US-flagged yacht owned by another friend in worldwide waters.

She says she thought hard about releasing the video messages now, but adds: "I feel that she would want us to fight for her, and not give up". "They were just on a mission and they were given orders".

In March past year, the ruler of Dubai abducted two of his daughters before waging a frightening campaign of intimidation and harassment against his ex-wife after she had an affair with a British bodyguard, a judge has found. Robinson appeared in photos with Latifa published by Emirati officials after the sheikha's return to Dubai in 2018. The Queen, who has previously been seen with the sheikh at horse racing events due to their shared passion for the sport, is said to have "distanced herself" as a result of the High Court judgment.

In the videos, Latifa says that men from the Emirates sat on her, tried to tie her up and injected her with a sedative.

Panorama identifies the friends who have provided the videos as her maternal cousin Marcus Essabri, Tiina Jauhiainen, the Finnish coach who accompanied her in his escape, and activist David Haigh.

The daughter of Dubai's ruler says she is being held captive and fears for her life after a foiled attempt to flee, according to footage broadcast on Tuesday (Feb 16).

Ms Robinson, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has joined in calls for immediate global action in order to establish Princess Latifa's current condition and whereabouts.

The BBC said the authorities in Dubai and the UAE had failed to respond to requests to comment on the princess's current condition.

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