Peter O’Dwyer, Senior Ireland Reporter
March 12 2019, The Times
The UN warned Dubai’s ruling family that it intended to publicise concerns that a runaway princess had been killed days before photographs of her with Mary Robinson surfaced.
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, daughter of Dubai’s ruler, tried to flee in March last year, claiming that she had suffered years of abuse at the hands of her family.
Rights groups raised concerns about her safety because she had not been seen in public or heard from since she was returned to Dubai that month.
Mrs Robinson, the former Irish president, became involved in December when she appeared in photographs with the princess, having accepted an invitation from the ruling family to visit Dubai. The pictures were the first evidence since her attempted escape that Sheikha Latifa was still alive.
Human rights groups described Mrs Robinson, also a former UN high commissioner for human rights, as a “willing pawn” for the family that rules the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after she claimed that Shei