Dominic Raab demands UAE proves that 'kidnapped' princess still alive

Cornelia Mascio
Febbraio 17, 2021

Robinson told the BBC that she had not been fully aware of the situation and that she had been misled by another Dubai royal with whom she was friendly, Princess Haya Bint Hussein, who said Latifa "had quite a serious bipolar problem".

Asked if they wanted to see proof Princess Latifa was alive, he replied: "Given what we've just seen, people would just at a human level want to see that she's alive and well, of course".

The videos also included an interview with Mary Robinson, the former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He said the United Kingdom did not have a direct locus in the case and the right mechanism was to deal with it through the UN.

"We will certainly raise these new developments with the UAE", Colville said in a statement.

"Other parts of the United Nations human rights system with relevant mandates may also become involved once they have analyzed the new material or received specific allegations", Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the high commissioner, told the BBC.

She has not been seen in public since.

"I do not know what they are planning to do with me", she added, "I just want to be free". I am imprisoned in this jail.

Friends of the princess are however releasing the video amid fears for her wellbeing after they stopped hearing from her.

In 2018, the AP reported how a friend and an ex-French spy helped Sheikha Latifa escape by boat, only to be captured off India.

A year later, Jauhiainen was able to sneak a phone to Latifa, who has since been covertly filming herself. "No access to medical help, no trial, no charge, nothing", the 35-year-old says at another point in the footage.

Dubai and the UAE have previously said she is safe in the care of her family. A spokesman said the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention could launch an investigation once Princess Latifa's videos have been analysed.

Last March, a London High Court judge said he accepted as proved a series of allegations made by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bint Rashid Al Maktoum's former wife, Princess Haya, in a legal battle, including that the sheikh ordered the abduction of Sheikha Latifa.

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.

The Jordanian princess described a visit to Latifa's locked and guarded house in December 2018.

Latifa says the videos were shot in the bathroom of a villa, as it was the only room in the compound with a lock. "She cried for a long time".

The princess drew global attention in 2018 when she tried to flee the country only to be detained by commandos in a boat off India.

Robinson-who had appeared in photos with Latifa published by Emirati officials after the Sheikha's return to Dubai in 2018-told the BBC that she had been misled by Emirati authorities.

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