26 February 2018
On 26 February 2018 Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained In Dubai, was contacted by email by Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum II.
Princess Latifa is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Saeed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates.
The Email From A Prisoner Princess
A Horrifying Message
The email makes clear that not only is Princess Latifa II desperate to escape her family, and particularly her father, but also is in fear for her life. She explains how she has previously been jailed and tortured at the behest of the Sheikh.
This young woman had bravely taken the step, despite the knowledge of the consequences of failure, to run away and seek asylum in the West.
A Harrowing Mystery
Despite the best efforts of Radha and Detained In Dubai, the yacht the Princess used to flee the UAE would later be ambushed close to the coast of India. Latifa was able to make a terrified WhatsApp call to raise an SOS, saying she was hiding on the boat as men sorrounded it and fired gunshots.
Since this awful night, Latifa has disappeared and despite denials from authorities in the UAE of any knowledge as to the whereabouts of either the yacht or the Princess, the yacht’s tracking system was reactivated 16 days later to reveal it was in a military port in the UAE.
Despite the reappearance of the yacht Princess Latifa II remains missing, and the message above sent to Detained In Dubai makes clear that she is a young woman in mortal peril.