UK: Dubai princess video pleas ‘distressing’
LONDON– Britain’s foreign minister on Wednesday called video of the child of Dubai’s ruler being cooped “distressing” and stated the federal government would “watch closely” the action of the United Nations (UN.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson later on informed British media he was “concerned” by the videos, however that he would “wait and see” the conclusions of a probe by the UN Commission on Human Rights.
Sheikha Latifa, who has actually not been seen in public considering that she tried to get away from the emirate by sea in March 2018, stated in a video aired by the BBC that she fears for her life.
“They are very distressing pictures,” foreign minister Dominic Raab informed Sky News.
“We always raise human rights issues with all of our partners including the UAE,” he stated, including “we’ll be watching and monitoring” the UN probe “very closely.”
The BBC stated the clips were recorded approximately a year after she was caught and gone back to Dubai, revealing her bent in a corner of what she states is a restroom.
“I’m a hostage and this villa has been converted into a jail,” she states in one cellular phone video.
“There’s five policemen outside and two policewomen inside the house. Every day I am worried about my safety and my life.”
In another video, Latifa states her circumstance is “getting more desperate every day.”
“I don’t want to be a hostage in this jail villa. I just want to be free,” she states.
Latifa’s daddy, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, is vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE, of which Dubai is a constituent.
The undated videos were transmitted as Latifa’s good friends voiced issue that they are no longer getting secret messages from her, the BBC stated.
In 2018, Latifa tried to leave the UAE on a boat that was obstructed by task forces off the coast of India, according to her buddies and the UK-based group Detained in Dubai.
In the videos, Latifa states that guys from the Emirates rested on her, attempted to connect her up, and injected her with a sedative.
A Dubai federal government source later on stated she had actually been “brought back” and the UAE launched pictures of Latifa, stating she was getting “the necessary care and support.”
Latifa stated she was held for roughly 3 months in the Al-Awir main jail in Dubai, till May 2018, prior to being transferred to the vacation home.
In 2019, Sheikh Mohammed’s ex-wife, Haya Bint Al Hussein, got away to London, where she looked for a forced marital relationship defense order connecting to their school-age kids.
The Dubai emir subjected Haya to intimidation, a British High Court judge ruled in 2015, approving her application for the kids to be made wards of the court permitting them to reside in London with her.