“In response to media experiences concerning Sheikha Latifa, we wish to thank those that have expressed concern for her wellbeing, regardless of the protection which actually isn’t reflective of the particular place,” the assertion by her household mentioned, based on the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in London.
In secret recordings obtained by the BBC and shared with CNN, the daughter of Dubai’s billionaire ruler claimed she was being held hostage in a “villa transformed right into a jail” with no entry to medical assist.
The royal household’s assertion falls wanting calls for from the United Nations and the UK that the UAE present proof of life for the sheikha.
Within the assertion, her household mentioned that, “Her Highness is being cared for at residence, supported by her household and medical professionals.”
“She continues to enhance and we’re hopeful she’s going to return to public life on the applicable time,” it added.
Latifa’s household and shut pals have arrange a marketing campaign with supporters and advisers named Free Latifa. Some human rights organizations, corresponding to Amnesty Worldwide and Human Rights Watch, help the marketing campaign.
“Any truthful affirmation that Princess Latifa is secure and properly is in fact welcome. Nevertheless, the assertion right now is harking back to these in 2018, 2019 and 2020,” the leaders of the marketing campaign mentioned in an announcement on Friday.
“Statements that proved one factor, that the United Arab Emirates, its embassy in London and extra particularly Latifa’s father the Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum merely can’t be trusted.”
The assertion referred to as on the UN and world leaders corresponding to US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step in and urge the UAE to launch Latifa.
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum — the daughter of UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum — was final seen publicly in March 2018 aboard a yacht off the coast of India, earlier than a raid by Indian and Emirati forces took her again to Dubai, based on two individuals who had helped plan her escape.
It was her second failed try and flee overseas after she beforehand tried to depart the UAE in 2002 as an adolescent.
In one of many video clips, Latifa says: “I am a hostage. This villa has been transformed into jail. All of the home windows are barred shut, I can not open any window … I have been on my own, solitary confinement. No entry to medical assist, no trial, no cost, nothing.”
Latifa secretly recorded the movies herself on a cell phone while hiding in a locked lavatory, based on the BBC. The documentary says that round a yr after Latifa was taken again to Dubai, her buddy Tiina Jauhiainen was contacted by somebody who helped the pair secretly reconnect.
Jauhiainen managed to get a cellphone to Latifa and since then the princess has recorded many video messages “describing her captivity in a villa transformed right into a jail with its home windows barred shut,” based on a BBC press launch.
“BBC Panorama has independently verified the main points of the place Latifa was being held hostage. She was guarded by round 30 police, engaged on rotation, each inside and outdoors the villa. The situation is simply metres from the seashore. It isn’t recognized if she continues to be there,” the press launch says.
In one other video proven within the documentary, Latifa says: “I’ve been right here ever since, for greater than a yr in solitary confinement. No entry to medical assist, no trial, no cost, nothing … Every single day I’m apprehensive about my security and the police threaten me that I’ll by no means see the solar once more. I’m not secure right here.”
CNN’s Caroline Faraj in Dubai, Mostafa Salem in Abu Dhabi and Sarah Dean in London contributed to this report.