Dubai Ruler's Daughter Says She's Being Held "Hostage"

Mary Robinson

The UN sources further said that for initiating any such investigation, UN requires approval from the Security Council and until now, there has not been any such initiatives, as they did not pay any heed to the unsubstantiated claims of David Haigh, Tiina Jauhiainen and Marcus Essabri.

Since then, she has been isolated in a chalet, without medical or of another type, guarded by two policewomen inside the house and five more agents outside. "Every day I am anxious about my safety and my life".

"I don't want to be a hostage in this jail villa".

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

The BBC released the video excerpts ahead of its investigative news programme Panorama.

The broadcasters reported that the videos have now been passed to the United Nations by her friends.

Sheikha Latifa, 35, fled by boat in 2018 and planned to seek asylum in the United States, but she has said she was intercepted by commandos, tranquillised and flown back home.

The daughter of Dubai's billionaire ruler, who attempted to flee overseas in 2018, has appeared in secret recordings claiming she is being held hostage in a "villa converted into a jail" with no access to medical help, according to a BBC documentary.

Sheikh Mohammed is the founder of the successful Godolphin horse-racing stable and on friendly terms with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and president of Ireland has joined calls for global action to establish Latifa's current condition and whereabouts.

She previously tried to flee but was captured by a commandos unit sent by her father to off the Indian coast.

"I was holding onto the yacht". I don't know what they're planning to do with me.

"I was up against a lot of people with weapons".

In March previous 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 told the BBC that she had been misled by Emirati authorities who told her Latifa was a troubled young woman safe in the care of her family.

She flew to Dubai in December 2018 at the request of her friend, Princess Haya, for a lunch at which Latifa was also present.

Appearing alert and speaking calmly, Latifa said in the video that there were police officers stationed outside and inside the villa.

Ms Robinson told Panorama that both she and Ms Haya had been presented with details of Latifa's bipolar disorder; a condition which she does not have.

In March 2020, the British judiciary ruled that the Emir of Dubai had ordered the kidnapping of two of his daughters, Latifa and Shamsa.

Latifa was returned to Dubai, and hadn't been heard from since until now.

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