The critically acclaimed award winning Australian news show 60 Minutes aired an hour long documentary in July 2018, focusing on Princess Latifa. 60 Minutes spent months researching Princess Latifa’s brave escape attempt, interviewing witnesses and those helping the Princess.
60 Minutes is watched by millions of Australians in their homes and millions more across the world online. Another 1 million people have seen the “watch later” YouTube version alone.
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The filming of the show, which including dramatic re-enactments of the kidnap of Princess Latifa at gunpoint by they UAE and India, sent shockwaves across Australia and the world.
60 Minutes showed long excerpts from Princess Latifa’s candid video shown that was recorded just before her escape In the video the 32-year-old princess attacks the progressive image of Dubai, as well as her father’s character.
“All my father cares about is his reputation,” Princess Latifa said.
“And if you are watching this video, it’s is not such a good thing. Either I’m dead, or I’m in a very, very, very bad situation.”
The princess claims she once spent time in jail, a torturous experience that lasted from June 2002 to October 2005 after a previous attempt to flee Dubai.
“It was constant torture, constant torture,” she says in the video.
“Even when they weren’t physically beating me up, they would torture me.
“I was in solitary confinement by myself, totally, and there’s no windows, there’s no light.”
Tiina Jauhiainen, the princess’ best friend, spoke to 60 Minutes and said the Princess Latifa was under her powerful father’s thumb.
“She basically had no freedom. She had curfews,” Ms. Jauhiainen told 60 Minutes.
“Her life was just very restricted, and it felt like she always had to look over her shoulder.”
Ms. Jauhiainen joined the princess in her daring escape, along with the yacht’s skipper, former French spy Herve Jaubert.
And her final moments with Princess Latifa were terrif