Robinson defends her comments on runaway Dubai princess

Ex-president repeats claim royal is ‘vulnerable’

Peter O’Dwyer
December 29 2018, The Times

Lawyers for Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum believe that Mary Robinson’s comments that she was safe with her family are wrong

Mary Robinson has repeated her claim that an Arab princess who fled Dubai was a “vulnerable” young woman, as criticism of her comments increased.

Yesterday the former president defended her description of Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, 33, as a “clearly troubled” woman who needed psychiatric help.

She was “dismayed at some of the media comments” about her role in the controversy and had visited Sheikha Latifa in Dubai in “good faith”.

The princess tried to flee Dubai after claiming that she had suffered years of abuse at the hands of her family. She is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Photographs of Mrs Robinson with Sheikha Latifa were released by her family on Christmas Eve to rebut what they described as “false allegations” that she was taken home against her will. Mrs Robinson’s subsequent comments have been criticised by a legal firm representing Sheikha Latifa and a human rights group which questioned how Mrs Robinson concluded that the issue was now a “family matter”.

Mrs Robinson, a former UN human rights chief, said that she had prepared a report of her visit for Michelle Bac