Mary Robinson "misled" in case involving missing Dubai princess

Home News Irish News Mary Robinson claims she was ‘horribly tricked’ over Dubai princess By Eva Wall- 17/02/2021

Home News Irish News Mary Robinson claims she was ‘horribly tricked’ over Dubai princess By Eva Wall- 17/02/2021

Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday, Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, said the government was concerned by the video and said he would welcome reassurance that the princess is alive.

Asked if they wanted to see proof Princess Latifa was alive, he replied: "Given what we've just seen, people would just at a human level want to see that she's alive and well, of course".

He later told BBC Breakfast: "I've seen some of the footage and I think it's deeply troubling".

"Obviously, any rulings that [the United Kingdom courts] decide will need to be followed, but we are concerned about it". "But why go down that route when we have a simple solution here which should be followed right away".

She said: 'I then said to them, look, I can write to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet and attach those photographs as proof of life.

"We will certainly raise these new developments with the UAE", Colville said in a statement. "Other parts of the United Nations human rights system with relevant mandates may also become involved once they have analysed the new material or received specific allegations", spokesman Rupert Colville told the BBC.

It was her second failed attempt to flee overseas after she previously tried to leave the UAE in 2002 as a teenager. "I just want to be free", she added.

In 2018, Princess Latifa escaped Dubai with the help of her friend, a Finnish capoeira instructor, Tiina Jauhiainen.

Latifa reportedly tried to escape twice - once in 2002 and again in 2018, when Indian security forces caught her off the coast and she was returned to Dubai.

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation via AP

The UAE and Dubai had previously responded to allegations of her being held against her will by saying she was safe and in the care of her family.

From sketches the princess etched and disclosed to her friend, Panorama were able to independently verify that Latifa is resident near the Dubai canal in a villa, which she termed a "jail villa".

The secretive ruler's family life was thrust into the news in 2019, when his estranged wife, Princess Haya, fled to London and sought custody of her two children through the British courts.

In February 2018, Princess Latifa managed to escape Dubai, but was forcibly brought back to the emirate the following month.

She says she is recording the videos with a cellphone from a bathroom in the building. "She cried for a long time".

Recently emerged video footage of the missing princess explaining how a royal villa she is being held hostage in has been converted into a "jail".

Robinson, the former president of Ireland, who has said she met with Latifa to help Princess Haya with a "family dilemma", told the BBC she was "misled, initially by my good friend Princess Haya, because she was misled".

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".

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