Published: Wed, December 26, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

UAE releases photos of ruler's daughter after disappearance

UAE releases photos of ruler's daughter after disappearance

Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson visited the UAE and met with Dubai princess, Princess Latifa, following internet rumours circulating about her abduction.

"On 21st December 2018, the UAE Mission in Geneva delivered a communique regarding H.H. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum to the Office of Special Procedures at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights".

The government said in a statement that Sheikha Latifa, who met with Robinson on December 15 at the family's request, is "at home and living with her family in Dubai".

Robinson could not be immediately reached for comment.

The murky saga of Sheikha Latifa caused great worldwide concern after The Daily Mail released a video in March of the 33-year-old royal announcing her intentions to leave the country in search of a freer life overseas.

She alleges she was imprisoned for three years and tortured repeatedly on her return.

"If you are watching this video, it is not such a good thing".

The princess had appeared in a YouTube video in March in which she announced she was about to flee the UAE.

Earlier this month, Dubai Ruler's Court said she celebrated her 33rd birthday with her family and that they are "deeply saddened" by speculation regarding her whereabouts.

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Groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have pressed the UAE for answers, but the country has kept quiet. "The plan was to sail to India and fly from there to the U.S., where she was planning to claim political asylum", Jauhiainen said.

The 33-year-old was reportedly helped in her attempt to escape by Herve Jaubert, a former French spy.

Jaubert, his yacht crew, and Sheikha Latifa's Finnish friend Tiina Jauhiainen were briefly detained and released in March, according to Detained in Dubai, a UK-based group.

Sheikha Latifa - the daughter of Dubai's ruler - is said to have tried to flee in an attempt to live a freer life overseas.

Image: Mr Jaubert said: "Maybe Latifa did not make it".

The United Arab Emirates has denied the reports, and says she has been living at home with her family.

"If she is deprived of her liberty, she should have contact with lawyers and loved ones and access to all fair trial guarantees".

In the video statement recorded before this latest episode, Sheikha Latifa said she looked forward to a life of freedom and choices.

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