Statement on Mary Robinson BBC Radio 4 Interview

The below is a statement from the legal team acting for Sheikha Latifa, Tiina Jauhiainen, Hervé Jaubert, the Crew of US flagged Yacht the Nostromo, David Haigh and Radha Stirling. A further statement will be released by the campaign to Free Latifa in due course.


Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers statement (Word document attached)

On 24 December, Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, and the wider legal team instructed to represent Sheikha Latifa, issued a statement following the Sky News release that Ms. Mary Robinson had met with Sheikha Latifa, and had confirmed that she was in good health and being looked after by her family.

Concern was expressed within that statement; however, no further comment was made as Mrs. Robinson had not confirmed the attendance or otherwise.

Mrs. Robinson has now appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today Programme’ and confirmed the position, however, despite the assurances given, serious concerns are still held.

On 27 December 2018, Mrs. Mary Robinson, the former UN Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, primarily on the basis of her work regarding Climate Change, and a book that she has recently authored.

Mrs. Robinson was, during that interview, asked a number of questions regarding Sheikha Latifa, and the photographs published.

Her position, is that Sheikha Latifa is a “vulnerable” and “troubled” young woman, and further, that she now “regrets” the video she published which has been seen countless times around the world, and details how she was effectively a prisoner in her own home, and how she has been subjected to systematic abuse by her father, the Ruler of Dubai.

Further, Mrs. Robinson goes on to say that she is now in receipt of psychiatric care, medication, and that she is in being looked after by her family.

With respect to Mrs. Robinson, this does not answer the pertinent questions in respect of this situation and is quite disappointing to see a person of Mrs. Robinson’s stature brushing over what are very serious complaints. This is not a private family matter, there are credible allegations that a number of individuals were unlawfully attacked in international waters, were unlawfully abducted, handcuffed, beaten and detained incommunicado for a lengthy period of time. Mrs. Robinson fails to address this point at all.

Further, it does not answer the questions raised surrounding her treatment that gave rise to escape attempt in the first instance, it does not answer the questions asked surrounding the boarding of the yacht the Nostromo, nor does it answer the questions raised concerning the treatment of those that should to assist Sheikha Latifa.

Mrs. Robinson appears to have spent a couple of hours with Sheikha Latifa, and despite having no formal medial or psychiatric training, has somehow diagnosed her condition and concluded that she is receiving appropriate treatment. It is unclear on what basis Mrs. Robinson considers herself qualified to do so.

Mrs. Robinson suggests that upon Sheikha Latifa boarding the Nostromo, a demand was made for $300 million (three hundred million US Dollars), of which $30 million (thirty million) was to be paid immediately.

This is an entirely new and wholly fabricated allegation, one that does not accord with the statement released by the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and one that is, with respect to Mrs. Robinson, and entirely without foundation and merely a manipulation of the position in an attempt to undermine the credibility of those that assisted Sheikha Latifa with her escape, individuals that were detained and tortured by the State Security Authorities of the UAE.

It is of note that no evidence has been provided that would either support the position advanced by Mrs. Robinson in respect of this matter, or the alternative position that has now been advanced by the Government of the UAE. Further, it does not account for how the authorities have declined to comment for nine months.

Mrs. Robinson states that she has spoken to the current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Michelle Bachelet, and her predecessor, Mr. Zeid Ra-ad Al Hussein, about the situation, and accordingly, we would ask that both individuals confirm the position.

Further, Mrs. Robinson states in her interview that she ha