Princess Latifa footage 'deeply troubling', Raab says

  • Princess Latifa footage 'deeply troubling', Raab says

Princess Latifa footage 'deeply troubling', Raab says

"I don't know what they're planning to do with me".

She first met Princess Latifa, who claims she is kept being "hostage" at a "villa jail", after flying to the UAE on the invitation of her acquaintance, Princess Haya.

Princess Latifa who tried to flee the country in 2018 only to be detained by commandos in a boat off India has re-emerged with this new video.

Friends of the princess are however releasing the video amid fears for her wellbeing after they stopped hearing from her.

Speaking to Sky News on Wednesday, Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, said the government was concerned by the video and said he would welcome reassurance that the princess is alive.

He told Sky News: "You can only watch the footage...and see that there is very distressing pictures, a very hard case. And so, I think it should be investigated". We always raise human rights issues with our partners, including the UAE.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it could question UAE officials about the princess's situation.

"Certainly a financial demand was made to us".

The broadcasters reported that the videos have now been passed to the United Nations by her friends. "You can see a young woman and deep distress".

'It's not as simple as saying: 'Well, we could apply sanctions, ' he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

But Mr Raab said there was a "strict legal threshold" for such measures and they needed evidence of acts such as torture, forced labour or a killing.

It is unclear if Princess Latifa is still in the beachside villa.

Princess Latifa bin Mohammad al Maktoum identity card

The daughter of Dubai's billionaire ruler, who attempted to flee overseas in 2018, has appeared in secret recordings claiming she is being held hostage in a "villa converted into a jail" with no access to medical help, according to a BBC documentary.

Latifa says the videos were shot in the bathroom of a villa, as it was the only room in the compound with a lock.

"All the windows are barred shut, I can't open any windows".

"There's five policemen outside and two policewomen inside the house".

She is not allowed to go outside even for fresh air, she said. "So basically, I'm a hostage".

The BBC said they were recorded over months on a phone she secretly received about a year after her capture.

Mr Raab said Latifa's case will also be raised with the UAE at the United Nations and Britain will be "watching closely", but stopped short of calling for sanctions.

The BBC said it had independently confirmed the location of the villa, which it said was guarded by 30 police officers working in rotations, but the organization said it was not clear whether the princess was still there.

Al Hussein accused Al Maktoum of kidnapping his daughters from a previous marriage; Shamsa and Latifa.

Sheikh Mohammed is the founder of the successful Godolphin horse-racing stable and is on friendly terms with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. He is considered an influential ally of Britain in the Middle East.

The court sided with Haya a year ago and issued fact-finding judgments that said Maktoum had ordered the capture and return of Latifa in 2018 and during a previous escape attempt in 2002.