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Sheikha Latifa Case: UAE Royal Hunt


Vaibhav Goyal, Student, University Institute Of Legal Studies, Panjab University (SSGRC, Hsp.), Chandigarh


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In footings that were released by the BBC on Tuesday, Princess Latifa, the daughter of Dubai's ruler, has claimed to abduct. She claims she is being kept prisoner by her dad in an estate changed over into prison and adds she has no admittance to a clinical guide. Latifa asserts she is in "isolation" with no preliminary or charges against her.

An examination drove by the BBC uncovered the footings, which were recorded in a restroom, were assumed control throughout a while on a telephone Latifa was allowed about a year after she got back to Dubai in 2018. In the footings, Latifa discusses how she attempted to retaliate against commandos when she was being caught and that she was "tranquillized". She says since her re-visitation of Dubai, she has been held alone with no clinical or legitimate guide.

Latifa's record of her catch and ensuing detainment was uncovered by her companion Tiina Jauhianen, her cousin Marcus Essabri and campaigner David Haigh. They are all essential for a campaign called 'Free Latifa'.

Since they were released, the footings have prompted a require an examination concerning the matter by the United Nations (UN), which has reacted to these requests positively saying it will raise the matter with the UAE.

Twenty years prior, 19-year-old Princess Shamsa was grabbed from the road in Cambridge.

She and two companions had visited a bar. Sometime thereafter, a vehicle pulled up, and, by her record, at any rate, four furnished men were inside. She guaranteed they were Dubai nationals from Sheik Mohammed's staff. Shamsa said she was requested into the vehicle, headed to a property in Newmarket, and traveled to Dubai by personal luxury plane the following day.

These occasions in August 2000 set off a police examination, allegations of strategic obstruction, and inquiries concerning the conduct of one of the UK's most recognized illustrious guests.

The earlier month, Shamsa had escaped the Longcross home close to Chobham, Surrey, where her dad – Sheik Mohammed container Rashid al-Maktoum, the VP and head administrator of the United Arab Emirates and leader of Dubai – had introduced the family for the late spring. Her mom, Houria Ahmed Lamara, is Algerian.

Falling through an open door to Chobham Common, Shamsa advanced from Surrey to a brief lodging in south London. She went to see a migration specialist and looked for counsel about leftovers in Britain. She at that point made a trip to Cambridge, from where she was kidnapped. In an email, she later figured out how to carry out from imprisonment in Dubai to the specialist, Shamsa.

The family court judgment says that police knew about her kidnapping as right on time as the month it occurred. Police records uncover the researching official, DCI David Beck, "talked on the phone to a person who suspected to be Shamsa" who affirmed that she had been taken to Cambridge by a man who booked a space for her in an inn.

Shamsa named three people whose personalities were subsequently affirmed by Mohammed Al Shaibani, the current chief general of the ruler's court in Dubai. Police affirmed that the main individual named Shamsa had without a doubt booked the exact room number in the inn recognized by her for the significant dates in August 2000. Information on Shamsa's asserted abduct and constrained re-visitation of Dubai was uncovered by the Guardian in December 2001. At that stage, the sheikh declined to remark on the cases.

While the vanishing of Shamsa was before long failed to remember, the snatching of her sister Princess Latifa, in March 2018, was far harder for the sheikh to excuse.

A video made by Latifa, and a bold declaration given by one companion specifically, gave the reasoning to the endeavoured escape, just as the supposed bald-faced and savage way in which the princess was gotten back to Dubai by officials representing her dad – as per him, for her government assistance.

The video, which Latifa had taught partners to deliver if anything happened to her, portrayed her dad as somebody who "will murder individuals to ensure his standing … he just thinks often about himself and his personality. So, this video could save my life. Furthermore, if you are watching this video, it's not a particularly beneficial thing. I may be dead, or I'm in an incredibly terrible circumstance." It transferred how in 2002, only two years after her sister's vanishing, Latifa had additionally chosen to escape yet was sent back at the line with Oman and detained for a very long time and four months.

In the messages, she definite how:

  • She retaliated against the warriors taking her off the boat, "kicking and battling" and gnawing one Emirati commando's arm until he shouted

  • After being sedated she blacked out as she was being carried on to a personal luxury plane, and didn't awaken until it arrived in Dubai

  • She was being held alone without admittance to clinical or legitimate assistance in an estate with windows and entryways banned shut, and protected by police

Sheik Mohammed has constructed a gigantically effective city however rights activists say there is no resistance of contradiction and the legal framework can oppress ladies. He has a tremendous pony dashing endeavor and much of the time goes to significant occasions like Royal Ascot, where he has been envisioned with Queen Elizabeth II.

To be sure, it has gotten difficult for some in British hustling to envision the game here without him. The imperial blue silks of Godolphin - the famous and tremendously effective dashing and bloodstock activity he established and possesses - are a steady presence on racecourses during the level season.

Numerous positions are thought to rely upon Sheik Mohammed's speculation, particularly in Newmarket - where Godolphin and his Dalham Hall reproducing activity are based. More than 130 of his ponies are prepared here in Britain, with a significant number of his millions spent on yearlings at the Tattersalls closeout.

However, he has confronted extreme analysis over Princess Latifa and furthermore her stepmother, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, who escaped to London in 2019 with her two youngsters.

A year ago, the High Court gave a progression of certainty discovering decisions that said Sheik Mohammed had requested and arranged the persuasive return of Latifa in 2002 and 2018, just as the unlawful kidnapping from the UK in 2000 of her more established sister Princess Shamsa, who had additionally attempted to get away. The court discovered Sheik Mohammed "keeps on keeping a system whereby both these two young ladies are denied of their freedom".

Latifa's companions had trusted that the legal dispute in March a year ago that managed against Sheik Mohammed, calling him "not legit" and for Princess Haya, may help. On the choice to deliver the messages now, Ms Jauhiainen simply says that "a great deal of time has passed" since contact was lost. She says she pondered delivering the video messages presently, however adds: "I feel that she would need us to battle for her, and not surrender."

Latifa was found out in the open in December 2018 during a gathering in Dubai with Mary Robinson, the previous UN high magistrate for common liberties and ex-leader of Ireland, which was masterminded by Haya. Haya is said to have chosen to escape Dubai after learning the full subtleties of what befell Latifa.

The 45-year-old – complete name Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein – is the little daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and stepsister of the current lord, Abdullah II. She wedded Sheik Mohammed in 2004, and the couple has two youngsters. Haya and the Sheik were viewed as the ideal couple under the watchful eye of the legal dispute lifted the cover on the inward cracks of the family.

Latifa was brought into the world in 1984. According to the 'Free Latifa' crusade, the princess attempted to escape from the family home in Dubai in 2002. She was 16 at that point. She was, notwithstanding, handily followed and took back to the castle where she was supposedly kept by her dad for more than three years, the campaign says.

Latifa made a subsequent endeavor to escape in February 2018, when she got together with her companion Jauhianen at a coffeehouse in Dubai. She and Jauhianen drove away and figured out how to cross the line into Oman. From that point, she got on a boat and cruised into global waters. Nonetheless, she was held simply off the shore of Goa in India by a "huge Indian and UAE military power", and returned to Dubai once more.

Jauhiainen, who is presently in Finland, said the new film of Sheikha Latifa was delivered for this present week since "we sensed that we were running out of alternatives" to save her.


  • Owen Bowcott and Haroon Siddique, Kidnapping case: what happened to Sheikh Mohammed's daughters?, The Guardian, March 05, 2020

  • Explained: Who is Princess Latifa, who claims she is jailed in Dubai by her father, UAE’s ruler?, Indian Express, February 18, 2021

  • Ellen O'Riordan, UN to raise developments in Princess Latifa case with UAE, Irish Times, February 17, 2021

  • The failed escape: Sheikha Latifa's doomed flight from Dubai, The Hindu, February 06, 2020

  • Gabriel Gatehouse, What happened to Dubai's Sheikha Latifa?, BBC News, May 06, 2018


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