Britain needs to see evidence that one of the rulers of Dubai ruler’s daughters, Sheikha Latifa, still seems to be living after the BBC broadcast a video. In the clip, she said she was being held in a barricaded villa against her will, the foreign minister said this Wednesday.
“It’s deeply troubling and you can see a young woman under deep distress,” Dominic Raab said.
In the video, shown as part of the BBC‘s Panorama current affairs program, Latifa said, “I am a hostage and this villa has been converted into a jail.”
She said she is making the video in the bathroom of the villa adding, “All the windows are barred shut, I can’t open any window.”
Asked if he would suggest seeing some proofs from the United Arab Emirates, Raab told, “Given what we’ve just seen, I think people would just at a human level want to see that she’s alive and well.”
Britain is worried more about video and, Raab told the BBC that the United Nations will respond to the clip.
Responses From Dubai:
The media office of the Dubai government declined to talk about the clip to the law firm of Dubai chief Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, which did not initially respond to a request for clarification.
It was not possible for Reuters to accurately check when or where the video was posted.
In 2018, when a human rights organization published a video she created in which she outlined an attempt to flee Dubai, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum attracted global attention.
A London High Court judge said last March that he acknowledged as evidence a series of claims made in a legal dispute by Sheikh Mohammed’s former wife, Princess Haya. It included that the sheikh of Dubai instructed Latifa to be abducted. The sheikh’s attorneys denied the charges.
Asked whether, after the video, Britain would enforce sanctions on the UAE, Raab said: “It’s not clear to me that there would be the evidence to support that.”
It had managed to sneak a phone to Latifa, the Free Latifa campaign said. For her freedom, the campaign has pressured Dubai. For the past two years, the phone has been used to deliver a series of hidden video messages.