Robinson followed Dubai script on princess’s flight, says lawyer

Peter O’Dwyer
January 10 2019, The Times

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, who tried to flee her family, with Mary Robinson
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A human rights lawyer involved in the attempted flight of an Arab princess from her family has accused Mary Robinson of abusing her position after the former president visited her family.

Mrs Robinson flew to Dubai in December to meet Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, who tried to flee from her family last year after claiming that she had suffered years of abuse.

She is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Mrs Robinson met Sheikha Latifa, 33, at the request of Princess Haya bint Hussein, one of Sheikh Mohammed’s wives and subsequently said that the case was a “family matter”. Mrs Robinson, a former UN high commissioner for human rights, was criticised by human rights groups for describing Sheikha Latifa as a “vulnerable