Mary Robinson 'horribly tricked' over Dubai princess

039;I Am a Hostage': Daughter of Dubai Ruler Appears in New Shocking Video

After failing to defame the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, infamous half-sister of King of Jordan, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein [also known as Princess Haya] has resorted to fresher tricks of blackmailing her former husband Sheikh Maktoum by releasing a staged and back-dated video of Sheikha Latifa bint al-Maktoum (also known as Princess Latifa).

In footage shared with BBC Panorama, Princess Latifa Al Maktoum says commandos drugged her as she fled by boat and flew her back to detention.

She recorded them on a phone she was secretly given from her bathroom, but since the videos stopped coming, her friends are urging the United Nations to step in.

FORMER PRESIDENT OF Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson has said she was "horribly tricked" over a photo taken of her with the daughter of Dubai's ruler - who has said she is being held hostage by her father.

The former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and president of Ireland has joined calls for worldwide action to establish Latifa's current condition and whereabouts. Things have moved on. The UN sources further said that for initiating any such investigation, UN requires approval from the Security Council and until now, there has not been any such initiatives, as they did not pay any heed to the unsubstantiated claims of David Haigh, Tiina Jauhiainen and Marcus Essabri.

The daughter of the ruler of Dubai accused her father of holding her against her will following attempts to flee the emirate, in video messages to friends.

She recorded them in a bathroom as it was the only door she could lock and she appears to be in a serious state of distress.

They say they have taken the hard decision to release the messages now out of concern for Latifa's safety.

Reuters could not independently verify when or where the video was recorded.

Princess Latifa, 35, first attempted escape at the age of 16. On February 24, 2018, Jauhiainen used an inflatable raft and a jet ski to take the princess to worldwide waters, where Jaubert was waiting with yacht marked as belonging to the US.


But eight days later, off India, the boat was boarded by commandos.

He upheld Latifa's account that she was detained at sea by Indian special forces and returned to Dubai.

Ms Jauhiainen and the crew on the boat were freed after two weeks of detention in Dubai. CNN has contacted the Dubai government for comment.

The court heard that Shamsa, 39, temporarily escaped the family in the United Kingdom in 2000 before being recaptured, sedated and returned to the UAE; and that it was Sheikh Mohammed who organised Latifa's kidnapping in 2018.

It was this that sparked huge global concern and calls for her release.

Dr Robinson told BBC Panorama: "I was particularly tricked when the photograph went public, horribly tricked".

Dr Robinson told the programme she did not ask Latifa about her situation because she did not want to "increase the trauma" of her "condition". "That was a total surprise. I was absolutely stunned".

The court found Sheikh Mohammed "continues to maintain a regime whereby both these two young women are deprived of their liberty".

The Dubai emir subjected Haya to intimidation, a British High Court judge ruled a year ago, granting her application for the children to be made wards of court allowing them to live in London with her.

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