Mary Robinson says she was 'horribly tricked' by Dubai princess' family

Ruben Fields
February 17, 2021

Ms Robinson, a former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has joined in calls for immediate global action in order to establish Princess Latifa's current condition and whereabouts.

According to the BBC, she explains in her videos that she was drugged on the sailboat and only woke up when she returned to Dubai, where she was being held.

The sheikh - ruler of Dubai and vice president of the UAE - had applied to the British courts for the summary return to Dubai of their children, Jalila, 12, and Zayed, seven, after Princess Haya, fled with them to London in April past year.

The ruler's autocratic instincts in familial disputes have been painfully laid bare in recent years in a number of legal cases, including a complaint brought by one of his wives, Princess Haya, after she fled to London with her two children. "And so, I think it should be investigated".

The daughter of Dubai's ruler says she is being held captive and fears for her life after a foiled attempt to flee, according to footage broadcast on Tuesday (Feb 16). All three are the promoters of the Free Latifa campaign.

The Jordanian princess described a visit to Latifa's locked and guarded house in December 2018: "She opened the door, looked at me, embraced me and burst into tears". "If you are watching this video, it's not such a good thing, either I'm dead or I'm in a very, very, very bad situation", she said.

She told Panorama that she didn't have any objection to the image being taken as she meant to send it to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet for "proof of life".

Panorama identifies the friends who have provided the videos as her maternal cousin Marcus Essabri, Tiina Jauhiainen, the Finnish coach who accompanied her in his escape, and activist David Haigh.

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Dr Robinson told BBC Panorama: "I was particularly tricked when the photograph went public, horribly tricked".

Sheikha Latifa previously accused her father of kidnapping and imprisoning her and her other sister Sheikha Shamsa who was kidnapped from the United Kingdom in 2000, in rejection of their decisions to lead independent lives.

The ruling came in a custody battle between Sheikh Mohammed and estranged wife Princess Haya, daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan. Horribly tricked. I mean that was a total surprise. "I was absolutely stunned", Robinson told BBC.

Since the princess' attempt to flee in 2018, her case has attracted worldwide attention, as human rights organizations long called for her release.

The court found Sheikh Mohammed "continues to maintain a regime whereby both these two young women are deprived of their liberty".

On the decision to release the messages now, Ms Jauhiainen just says that "a lot of time has passed" since contact was lost.

She did not ask Latifa about her situation because she did not want to "increase the trauma" of her "condition".

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