Dubai's Princess Latifa reveals alleged kidnapping

Dubai's Princess Latifa reveals alleged kidnapping

Mary Robinson said she was "misled" regarding the case of Princess Latifa Al Maktoum, daughter of the ruler of Dubai.

"All the windows are barred shut, I can't open any window", she said, adding that she was recording the video from the bathroom, as it was the only room where she could have privacy. "It's psychologically devastating. Solitary confinement of that sort is broadly considered to be a form of torture, as it becomes prolonged in the way this has". "No access to medical help, no trial, no charge, nothing".

"I'm a hostage", the sheikha says in one video.

In one of the clips, she says: "I'm a hostage and this villa has been converted into a jail".

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.

Her friends say that Latifa has stopped sending secret video messages of late and that the United Nations must investigate, according to BBC Panorama.

Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attends the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 10, 2019.

The Dubai princess has not been seen in public since she attempted to escape from the Emirate by the sea in March 2018.

New videos were released Tuesday that raised global concern for Dubai's Princess Latifa.

The stateswoman told Panorama she had earlier been presented with details of Latifa's bipolar disorder, a condition she does not have. The location is just metres from the beach.

Tiina, David and Marcus have released the video in an attempt to put pressure on the sheikh to release her.

She added: "Every day I am anxious about my safety and my life. I am not safe here".

The sheikh launched a search for her but didn't inform the police - his men tracked her down in Cambridge over a month later. The princess was flown back to Dubai, where she has remained since. Robinson's account was criticised by human rights activists. Photos of the visit were later released by UAE officials.

The repeated allegations by female members of Dubai's royal family have shaken the reputation of Maktoum, who took absolute control of the emirate in 2006 and helped build its status as a high-profile global business and entertainment center. Sheika Latifa was widely known for her love of skydiving prior to 2018.

"I was misled, initially by my good friend Princess Haya, because she was misled", she told Panorama. "I can't even go outside to get any fresh air".

Jordanian Princess Haya bint al-Hussein is the former wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. She successfully escaped Dubai in 2019 with their two children, reportedly in fear of her life.

Judge Andrew McFarlane also ruled that both Latifa and her sister Sheikha Shamsa, the emir's daughters from a previous marriage, had been forcibly returned to Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum and Princess Haya at the Epsom Derby in 2017.

The UAE and Dubai had previously responded to allegations of her being held against her will by saying she was safe and in the care of her family.

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

In an email to her lawyer, she described being bundled into a auto and driven to her father's house in Newmarket, where she was injected and given tablets.

Princess Haya with Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Windsor Horse show in 2009. The next morning she was flown back to Dubai on a private plane.

They said they released the messages out of concern for Princess Latifa's safety.

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