Family of Emirati princess release pictures to rebut ‘false’ abduction allegations

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum photographed with former Irish president Mary Robinson

Bethan McKernan
December 24, 2018, The Guardian

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum (left) pictured with Mary Robinson in one of the photos released on 24 December by the UAE’s foreign ministry (Photograph: AP)

Pictures of a missing Emirati princess who witnesses say was abducted by commandos have been released by her family, evidence they say rebuts “false allegations” she was taken home against her will.

Friends and human rights groups fear for the safety of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, 33, daughter of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who was seized from a yacht off the coast of India in March and has not been heard from since.

In a video she instructed friends to release in case her attempt to escape Dubai went wrong, Latifa said she spent seven years trying to flee a gilded prison. She said she feared torture if she were captured.