Dubai princess claims she is being held 'hostage' in secret video recordings

Home News Irish News Mary Robinson claims she was ‘horribly tricked’ over Dubai princess By Eva Wall- 17/02/2021

Home News Irish News Mary Robinson claims she was ‘horribly tricked’ over Dubai princess By Eva Wall- 17/02/2021

The BBC published a "deeply troubling" video saying the daughter of the Dubai ruler was being held against her will in a barricaded villa.

In the episode that aired Tuesday, BBC Panorama also spoketo former U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson, who had visited Latifa in 2018 and later described her as a "troubled" young woman who regretted her escape attempt.

Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, has said that the United Arab Emirates should produce proof that one of the ruler of Dubai's daughters is still alive, after the BBC published disturbing video where she said she was being held hostage.

She said she was making the video in the bathroom of the villa, the only room she could lock herself into, adding: 'All the windows are barred shut, I can't open any window'. I am a hostage.

The princess added every day she anxious about her safety and her life and did not know when she would be released.

"The police threatened me that I'll be in prison my whole life and never see the sun again".

The UAE is coming under intense pressure to reveal the whereabouts of Princess Latifa following her friends revealing the information about her detention to BBC Panorama. "I'm a hostage, I'm not free".

The secretive ruler's family life was thrust into the news in 2019, when his estranged wife, Princess Haya, fled to London and sought custody of her two children through the British courts.

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Dubai princess claims she is being held 'hostage' in secret video recordings

'Haya began to explain that Latifa had quite a serious bipolar problem. They wanted me to do a video and say that I'm here happily and voluntarily.

She did not ask Latifa about her situation because she did not want to "increase the trauma" of her "condition".

Photographs were taken of Princess Latifa and Mrs Robinson at a lunch in Dubai in December 2018.

Referring to the pictures, Mrs Robinson said that she was "aware" they were being taken to "prove that she [Latifa] was alive".

Ms Robinson, who is also a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has written a number of books including Climate Justice, which was released in 2018. So I wasn't against the photograph. Horribly tricked. I mean that was a total surprise. "I was absolutely stunned". In April 2019, his former wife Princess Haya of Jordan left Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum accompanied by her two kids and moved to live in the United Kingdom, where she launched a number of legal actions against him, accusing him of mistreatment and of trying to marry off their 11-year old daughter Jalila to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

The BBC said Latifa's friend and former capoeira martial arts instructor, Tiina Jauhiainen, had helped get a cellphone to the Dubai royal so that she could communicate.

From sketches the princess etched and disclosed to her friend, Panorama were able to independently verify that Latifa is resident near the Dubai canal in a villa, which she termed a "jail villa".

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