In yet another startling videos, the daughter of Dubai’s ruler whose attempt to flee was foiled three years back has once again tried to call for her safety as she is being held captive. The BBC footage broadcasted on Tuesday is said to be made around a year ago after Sheikha Latifa was captured and returned to Dubai. She can be seen sitting in a corner of what she says is a bathroom. Also Read: MP Bus Accident: 47 Dead As Rescue Operation Halts; PM & CM Announce Ex-Gratia
Sheikha Latifa didn’t appear in public since her failed attempt to escape from the Emirate by sea in 2018.
What is revealed in the videos?
The daughter of Dubai’s ruler in one of the mobile video can be seen saying “I’m a hostage and this villa has been converted into a jail. There’s five policemen outside and two policewomen inside the house. Every day I am worried about my safety and my life.”
While in the other undated video she described the situation saying she is “getting more desperate every day”. “I don’t want to be a hostage in this jail villa. I just want to be free,” she says, as per AFP report. The UK-based news channel released the video excerpts ahead of its investigative news programme Panorama. Sky News reported that it had also received the videos but had been unable to contact Latifa for the last nine months. Meanwhile, the broadcasters reported that the videos have now been passed to the United Nations by her friends. Also, her friends voiced concerns saying that secret messages from her have stopped coming, the BBC said.
Why did she flee?
Latifa’s is daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. Rashid Al-Maktoum is vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a constituent.
He is popular for breeding racing horses with Queen Elizabeth II in which both have been photographed together. The videos came from Latifa’s Finnish friend, Tiina Jauhiainen, who accompanied her during her escape attempt.
The BBC said it had independently verified the details of where Latifa was held. In 2018, Latifa attempted to flee the UAE on a boat that was then intercepted by commandos off the coast of India, according to her companions and the UK-based group Detained in Dubai.
Latifa said she was held for approximately three months in the Al-Awir central prison in Dubai, until May 2018, before being moved to the villa. As per reports, when she ran away she made a 40 min video accusing her father of ill treatment and many other crimes.