Mary Robinson "misled" in case involving missing Dubai princess

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The case of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum made worldwide headlines Tuesday after the BBC released excerpts from video diaries she said were recorded in a locked bathroom inside the Dubai villa where she is being held.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the case of Princess Latifa is "concerning" and the pictures of her are "very distressing", adding that people want to see that "she is alive and well". "And so, I think it should be investigated". Raab said Britain was "concerned", but he suggested there was little the government could do because Latifa is not a United Kingdom national.

"Obviously, any rulings that [the United Kingdom courts] decide will need to be followed, but we are concerned about it".

"Do the right thing", he said.

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.

On Wednesday, the United Nations' human rights body said it will seek information from the United Arab Emirates about Latifa's fresh allegations.

"Other parts of the United Nations human rights system with relevant mandates may also become involved once they have analyzed the new material or received specific allegations", Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the high commissioner, told the BBC.

Footage made public by the BBC on Tuesday showed Latifa describing her detention in clips filmed in secret on a mobile phone. Princess Latifa is now believed to be a hostage of her father, the ruler of Dubai, and her whereabouts is unknown.

"I don't want to be a hostage in this jail villa, I just want to be free".

Sheikh Mohammed's family life became a public matter previous year, during a custody battle with his estranged second wife.

Princess Latifa bin Mohammad al Maktoum identity card
Dubai princess claims she is being held 'hostage' in secret video recordings

She attempted to escape in 2018 but wasreportedly found by her father's men on a yacht off the coast of India and returned against her will to Dubai.

A year later, Jauhiainen was able to sneak a phone to Latifa, who has since been covertly filming herself.

The princess's family and the Dubai Royal Court have claimed that she is safe in the loving 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".

David Pannick, a lawyer in London representing Sheikh Mohammed in the legal battle with Princess Haya, said he could not comment as he was involved in current legal proceedings.

Haya, the 45-year-old daughter of the late king Hussein of Jordan, had been one of Maktoum's wives and stepmother to Latifa before she moved to Britain with her two children.

Ms Robinson has joined in calls for immediate worldwide action in order to establish Princess Latifa's current condition and whereabouts. Latifa alleges that she is being held alone without access to medical or legal help in a villa with windows and doors barred shut, and guarded by police.

She tried to reach out to her daughter multiple times.

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.

It is unclear if Princess Latifa is still in the beachside villa.


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