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Sheikh of Dubai holds daughter prisoner: she will “never see the sun again”

Barred windows

“All windows are barred,” she says in the now published video. The police told her that she would “never see the sun again”. “The situation is getting more desperate every day.” She recorded the video in the bathroom of the villa because it was the only room she could lock behind her. Reuters couldn’t verify when and where the video was recorded. The “Free Latifa” campaign said they had smuggled a cell phone into Latifa.

Britain on Wednesday demanded a sign of life from Princess Latifa from Dubai. In view of the pictures, the British government would appreciate it if people could see “that she is alive and well,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News. He described the video as “deeply disturbing”. On the video you can see a young woman in great despair, said Raab. Britain was concerned about it, said Raab BBC. The United Nations would follow up on the video.

Also kidnapped sister

Last March, a London court said it had established a number of allegations made by the emir’s ex-wife Princess Haya, including that the sheikh had ordered Latifa’s kidnapping. The sheik’s lawyers denied the allegations.

The governments of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates as a whole did not comment on the videos on request, the said BBC. Latifa is the daughter of the Emirati Prime Minister and Emir of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktum. Her older sister Schamsa (38) was kidnapped in Cambridge in 2000 and brought back to Dubai after trying to break away. The human rights organization Human Rights Watch, among others, has called for the two to be released.

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