Princess Latifa footage 'deeply troubling', Raab says

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Sheikha Latifa binte Mohammed al-Maktoum drew worldwide attention in 2018 when a human rights group released a video made by her in which she described an attempt to escape Dubai.

Nearly three years after the incident, the Sheika Latifa has re-emerged in new videos.

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

After Princess Latifa's most recent attempt at escape, Sheikh Mohammed released a statement calling the self-described former French spy Herve Joubert a "convicted criminal", who sought to kidnap in exchange for a $100 million ransom.

The ruler of the Emirate of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the UAE's prime minister and vice president, has received backlash for the alleged treatment of his daughters.

The Free Latifa campaign, which has lobbied for her release, said it had managed to smuggle a phone to Latifa.

"The topics that we discussed during that lunch were sports, veganism, the environment and nothing outside of that, and Mary kept talking about her book as well", she said.

Sheikh Mohammed's family life became a public matter in 2020.

Shamsa was abducted from Cambridge in 2000, when she was 18-years old and taken back to the UAE.

She attempted to escape in 2018 but wasreportedly found by her father's men on a yacht off the coast of India and returned against her will to Dubai. She recorded a video before she left, claiming that she was abused and had been imprisoned on and off on the orders of her father for several years. Her release came after the Biden administration, which has said it will emphasize human rights in foreign policy, froze some arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

She said she was filming the video from a bathroom, the only room could lock herself into.

Following the meeting, Dr Robinson described the princess as a "troubled young woman".

"We are concerned by this and I noticed that we've seen the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights will be following up on what we've seen and we'll be watching that very closely indeed".

In December 2018, the UAE foreign ministry said Latifa was at home and living with her family, after rights groups called on authorities in the Gulf Arab state to disclose her whereabouts and condition.

What does the new video show?

"I am a hostage and this villa has been converted into a jail", Latifa said in the video, "All the windows are barred shut, I can not open any window".

"This villa has been converted into jail". I can't even go outside to get any fresh air'. 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 police threatened me that I'll be in prison my whole life and never see the sun again".

Marcus Essabri, a cousin who lives in England, told the BBC that the videos stopped about six months ago and there had been no word from Latifa since then.

Princess Latifa Al Maktoum has spoken about a controversial lunch in Dubai with Mary Robinson where she said that they only discussed a limited number of subjects.

What has the world said?

When it was suggested that Princess Latifa's detention would constitute torture, he replied: "Conceivably it could do if there's the evidence and those facts are right".

"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.

Latifa said in the video that there were police officers stationed outside and inside the villa.

She added: "I mean, that was a total surprise, I was absolutely stunned".

Mr Raab said Britain was "concerned", but suggested there was little the government could do because Latifa is not a United Kingdom national.



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