Britain says UAE should show that Dubai’s Sheikha Latifa is alive

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LONDON, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Britain said on Wednesday it wants to see proof that Sheikha Latifa, one of the ruler of Dubai's daughters, is still alive after the BBC published a "deeply troubling" video in which she said she was being held against her will in a barricaded villa.

* Show proof Latifa is alive, UK’s Raab says

* Raab says video of her is ‘deeply troubling’

* Dubai ruler’s daughter says she is a hostage (Adds quotes and detail)

By Sarah Young and Paul Sandle

“Given what we’ve just seen, I think people would just at a human level want to see that she’s alive and well,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News television when asked whether he would support seeing some kind of proof from the United Arab Emirates that Sheikha Latifa was alive.

Britain is concerned about the footage and the United Nations will be following up on the video, Raab told the BBC.

The Dubai government’s media office referred questions about the video to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum’s law firm, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In the video, published by the BBC as part of the Panorama current affairs programme, Latifa, 35, said: “I am a hostage and this villa has been converted into a jail.”

She said she was making the video in the bathroom of the villa, the only room she could lock herself into, adding: “All the windows are barred shut, I can’t open any window.”

Reuters could not independently verify when or where the video was recorded.

“It’s deeply troubling and you can see a young woman under deep distress,” Raab said.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum drew international attention in 2018 when a human rights group released a video made by her in which she described an attempt to escape Dubai.

Last March, a London High Court judge said he accepted as proved a series of allegations made by Sheikh Mohammed’s former wife, Princess Haya, in a legal battle, including that the sheikh ordered the abduction of Latifa. The sheikh’s lawyers rejected the allegations.

Asked if Britain would impose sanctions on the UAE after the video, Raab said: “It’s not clear to me that there would be the evidence to support that.” (Reporting by Sarah Young and Paul Sandle; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge, Alex Richardson and Timothy Heritage)


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  • Kanu Sukha says:

    It is time to put the sheik’s lawyers (goons?) on ‘terrorist’ (persona non grata) lists … until they conform to human rights requirements and standards! Producing proof that she is ‘alive’ is preposterous … and how do you know that the ‘proof’ is not ‘staged’ or manufactured ? Just ask Mary Robinson ! It is time for this Trumpian ‘transactionalism’ because of the perceived wealth of certain individuals to be brought to an end .

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