Campaign to Free Dubai’s Princess Latifa Disbands

The campaign organized to demand the release of Princess Latifa, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai, has disbanded after a photo of her out with friends in Iceland emerged.

The photo showed Latifa with her cousin, Marcus Essabri, and with Sioned Taylor, a British woman who has appeared in previous pictures with Latifa, together in Iceland.

Taylor uploaded the photo on her Instagram account on Aug. 9.

Organizers of the FreeLatifa campaign confirmed in a statement that the princess recently met with her cousin.

“I had an emotional reunion with my cousin Latifa in Iceland. I feel blessed that I got to spend time with her. It was reassuring to see her so happy, well and focused on her plans,” Essabri, whose aunt is Latifa’s mother, said in the statement.

According to the statement, “the most appropriate step at this time” was to end the campaign.

“The primary purpose of the FreeLatifa campaign was to see Latifa free leading the life she chooses for herself. We have clearly gone a long way towards achieving that goal,” the campaign said.

David Haigh, the campaign’s co-founder, told the BBC that Latifa was in “the best position she has been in terms of freedom… for two decades.”

However, Haigh added, “It’s quite right and understandable that everyone needs to look at everything that’s happening now with extreme caution and monitor the situation closely.”

It is unclear to what extent the 35-year-old princess was operating under her own free will.

The Dubai’s royal family has yet to comment on the latest photo.

Last February, BBC broadcast a footage in which the Latifa said her father was holding her captive in a villa with windows and doors closed shut and guarded by police.


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