The daughter of UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said she is held hostage by her father since her attempt to escape in 2018, in recorded videos sent to a friend.
In videos released by BBC Panorama, the Princess Latifa Al Maktoum said that she was drugged by armed men aboard a boat, three years ago while attempting to escape.
“I was fighting, and this guy came with a small pouch and he took out the needle and he injected me in my arm.”
After struggling against the men, she was brought back to Dubai where she claims she is held against her will in a villa.
“I am in a villa, I am a hostage and this villa has been converted into jail. All the windows are barred shut I can’t open any window. There’s five policemen outside and two policewomen inside the house. And I can’t even go outside to get any fresh air.”
“I just felt really sad at that point. I felt everything I was working on for so many years to get my freedom was gone. And I’ve been here ever since, by myself, so solitary confinement. No access to medical help, no trial, no charge, nothing,” the princess said.
Meanwhile, Princess Latifa’s friend Tiina Jauhiainen, who was with her during the escape attempt, along with the Free Latifa campaign has released the videos to the public prompting the United Nations to raise the matter with the UAE soon.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Rupert Colville said, “We will certainly raise these new developments with the UAE.”