Dubai’s missing Princess Latifa is “being cared for at home”
“In response to media reports regarding Sheikha Latifa, we want to thank those who have expressed concern for her wellbeing, despite the coverage which certainly is not reflective of the actual position,” the declaration by her household stated, according to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in London.
In secret recordings gotten by the BBC and shared with CNN, the child of Dubai’s billionaire ruler declared she was being imprisoned in a “villa converted into a jail” with no access to medical aid.
The royal household’s declaration disappoints needs from the United Nations and the UK that the UAE offer evidence of life for the sheikha.
In the declaration, her household stated that, “Her Highness is being cared for at home, supported by her family and medical professionals.”
“She continues to improve and we are hopeful she will return to public life at the appropriate time,” it included.
Latifa’s household and buddies have actually established a project with advocates and consultants called Free Latifa. Some human rights companies, such as Amnesty International and Person Rights Watch, support the project.
“Any truthful confirmation that Princess Latifa is safe and well is of course welcome. However, the statement today is reminiscent of those in 2018, 2019 and 2020,” the leaders of the project stated in a declaration on Friday.
“Statements that proved one thing, that the United Arab Emirates, its embassy in London and more specifically Latifa’s father the Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum simply cannot be trusted.”
The declaration gotten in touch with the UN and world leaders such as United States President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to action in and advise the UAE to launch Latifa.
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum — the child of UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — was last seen openly in March 2018 aboard a luxury yacht off the coast of India, prior to a raid by Indian and Emirati forces took her back to Dubai, according to 2 individuals who had actually assisted prepare her escape.
It was her 2nd stopped working effort to run away abroad after she formerly attempted to leave the UAE in 2002 as a teen.
In among the video, Latifa states: “I’m a hostage. This villa has been converted into jail. All the windows are barred shut, I can’t open any window … I’ve been by myself, solitary confinement. No access to medical help, no trial, no charge, nothing.”
Latifa privately taped the videos herself on a smart phone whilst concealing in a locked restroom, according to the BBC. The documentary states that around a year after Latifa was reclaimed to Dubai, her pal Tiina Jauhiainen was called by somebody who assisted the set privately reconnect.
Jauhiainen handled to get a phone to Latifa and ever since the princess has actually taped numerous video messages “describing her captivity in a villa converted into a jail with its windows barred shut,” according to a BBC news release.
“BBC Panorama has independently verified the details of where Latifa was being held hostage. She was guarded by around 30 police, working on rotation, both inside and outside the villa. The location is just metres from the beach. It is not known if she is still there,” journalism release states.
In another video displayed in the documentary, Latifa states: “I have been here ever since, for more than a year in solitary confinement. No access to medical help, no trial, no charge, nothing … Every day I am worried about my safety and the police threaten me that I will never see the sun again. I am not safe here.”
CNN’s Caroline Faraj in Dubai, Mostafa Salem in Abu Dhabi and Sarah Dean in London added to this report.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.