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Kidnapped Princess Latifa: Ireland's ex

2021-02-27T11:49:19.156Z

Late insight: Mary Robinson admits she was deceived by Dubai's ruling family. The used a visit by the Irish ex-president to cover up the captivity of Princess Latifa.



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Emir's daughter Latifa with Mary Robinson meeting in December 2018

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Ireland's ex-President Mary Robinson regrets her role following the alleged kidnapping of the daughter of the ruler of Dubai, Princess Latifa.

On Irish public broadcaster RTÉ, Robinson said it was her "biggest mistake" to travel to Dubai for a dinner in the presence of Princess Latifa in 2018 and not have been more vigilant about the situation the princess was facing have found.

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The meeting was cited by the ruling family as evidence that the princess was not being held captive against her will.

Robinson, who was United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002, described Latifa, now 36 years old, as "a young woman burdened with problems".

Robinson later justified himself to the British BBC that she had been made believable that Latifa suffered from bipolar disorder.

She didn't want to talk to her about possible traumatic events.

Robinson now says she was "naive": "I made a mistake." Now she believes the princess "100 percent" and has contacted the Irish Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney about the case.

Call for help via cell phone video

In mid-February, video recordings were again made public, in which Latifa speaks of being held in Dubai at the behest of her father, Mohammed bin Raschid al-Maktum.

According to friends, she secretly recorded the videos on a smartphone.

The friends and their lawyer have now published the videos because they say they have not received any signs of life for a long time.

The ruling family of Dubai then announced that Latifa would be cared for by her family and medical staff at home.

"She continues to recover, and we are hopeful that she will return to public life at an appropriate time," the BBC quoted from a statement from the family.

Latifa tried to leave Dubai in February 2018 by rubber dinghy and yacht.

It is said to have been stopped by a special unit off the Indian coast and brought back forcibly, reported its supporters.

It was not the first such case in the family: an older sister of Latifa was kidnapped from Cambridge and taken to Dubai in 2000 after trying to break away.

A British court last year found Sheikh Mohammed responsible for the kidnapping of his two daughters and the intimidation of one of his wives as part of divorce proceedings.

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Source: spiegel

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