Daily US Times: The United Nations has asked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for proof that the Dubai ruler’s daughter Princess Latifa is still alive, after the release of secret messages the 35-year-old Princess recorded this week claiming she was being held in captivity after the failure of a 2018 attempt to escape the country.
On Friday, a spokesperson for Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said the UN had “expressed our concerns regarding the situation, in light of the disturbing videos which have surfaced this week. We have requested more information and clarification on the current situation.”
“We asked for proof of life,” she added:
Concerns over the fate of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum re-emerged this week after her new videos published by sevreal news outlets where she claims she recorded in the bathroom of a beachside villa that had been “converted into a jail”.
In a statement on Friday afternoon, the UAE’s embassy in London said that “media coverage does not reflect the true situation” and she was being cared for at home supported by her family and medical professionals.
The statement said: “She continues to improve and we are hopeful she will return to public life at the appropriate time.”
Princess Latifa claims to have been confined in the villa after an escape attempt in which she crossed into neighbouring Oman and took a jetski to a yacht in international waters.
She managed to reach the west coast of India with two friends before discovering she was being tracked by another vessel and had been spotted by the Indian coastguard.