‘Missing’ Dubai princess Sheikha Latifa pictured alive and at home

Cheryl Sanders
December 26, 2018

The government says Sheikhs Latifa met with Mary Robinson, the ex-President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on December 21 at the family's request.

The UAE out Monday the first photos of a runaway princess since her attempted flee from the emirate months back, as it sought to validate she is at home with family.

Pictures showing "missing" Dubai princess Latifa have been released by the UAE in a bid to prove she is "at home and living with her family".

The government said in a statement that Sheikha Latifa, who met with Robinson on December 15 at the family's request, is "at home and living with her family in Dubai".

Her father is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's ruler and the UAE's prime minister.

Princess Latifa's case sounds stranger than fiction, but has been accepted by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, while the United Nations group on enforced disappearances heard evidence on her case earlier this year.

'Photographs taken during the afternoon they spent together have been shared, with their consent.

On Monday, the UAE's foreign ministry said it had sent a communiqué regarding Sheikha Latifa to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights' Office of Special Procedures.

"During her visit to Dubai, Mary Robinson was reassured that H H Sheikha Latifa is receiving the necessary care and support she requires", it added.

The dramatic account included Sheikha Khalifa and her friend, Finnish martial artist Tiina Jauhiainen, boarding Jaubert's yacht via jet skis off the coast of Oman.

The UN, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other groups have been demanding information from the UAE about her whereabouts for over nine months.

In March, it was reported that she had fled the Emirates.

They set sail for the Indian coast, but the ship was intercepted by commandos who stormed aboard. "He and his accomplices demanded payment of a ransom of United States dollars $100 million, shortly after Her Highness disappeared from Dubai, for her return", the statement said.

But in a statement, Dubai Ruler's Court later claimed that Latifa was "vulnerable to exploitation" by Mr Hauve, who had a criminal record.

In the video, Latifa said: "Pretty soon I'm going to be leaving somehow and I'm not so sure of the outcome, but I'm 99 percent positive it will work".

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