Princess Latifa: ‘Hostage’ ordeal of Dubai ruler’s daughter revealed

'Hostage' ordeal of Dubai ruler's daughter revealed
Videos show Princess Latifa imprisoned against her will in "villa jail"
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Daily US Times: Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s daughter Princess Latifa, who tried to flee the country in 2018 later sent secret video messages to friends accusing her father of holding her “hostage” as she feared for her life.

Princess Latifa Al Maktoum says in the video that commandos drugged her as she fled by boat and flew her back to detention.

The secret messages, which is shared with BBC Panorama, have stopped – and friends are urging the UN to step in.

Dubai and the UAE have previously said Princess Latifa is safe in the care of family.

Ex-UN rights envoy Mary Robinson, who had described Princess Latifa as a “troubled young woman” after meeting her in 2018, now says she was “horribly tricked” by the princess’s family.

The former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and president of Ireland has joined calls for international action to establish Latifa’s current condition and whereabouts.

She said: “I continue to be very worried about Latifa. Things have moved on. And so I think it should be investigated.”

Latifa’s father is one of the richest heads of state in the world, the vice-president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the ruler of Dubai.

The videos were recorded over several months on a phone Latifa was secretly given about a year after her capture and return to Dubai.

Latifa recorded them in a bathroom as it had the only door she could lock.

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