Mary Robinson faces fresh criticism for role in Dubai princess case as sheikh’s wife flees to Germany

Cormac McQuinn
July 1, 2019, Irish Independent

‘Family friend’: Princess Haya, wife of Sheikh Mohammed, is said to have travelled to Germany. (Photo: Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

There has been renewed criticism of former President Mary Robinson over her involvement in the case of Dubai princess Sheika Latifa who tried to flee her homeland.

It comes as Latifa’s stepmother Princess Haya – a friend of Ms Robinson’s – has now reportedly fled the United Arab Emirates.

The Free Latifa campaign has criticised Ms Robinson for declining to comment on the latest developments and accused her of showing “errors of judgement”.

Princess Latifa, daughter of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, made an alleged bid to escape the UAE and had not been seen in public since reports she had been recaptured near the Indian coastline in March 2018.

Ms Robinson travelled to Dubai last December at the invitation of Princess Haya, who she said she has “known and worked with” for many years on humanitarian issues at the United Nations.

The former president was pictured having lunch with Princess Latifa and following the meeting described her as a “troubled young woman”.