UN Body Writes To India On Alleged Kidnapping Of Dubai Princesses

Princess Sheikha Latifa tried to flee in March.

United Nations: 

A UN physique on enforced disappearances has communicated to India on the case of one of many daughters of Dubai’s ruler, who was allegedly kidnapped in March aboard a US-flagged yacht off the Indian coast whereas trying to flee from the UAE.

Princess Sheikha Latifa is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and the prime minister of the UAE. She is without doubt one of the 30 youngsters who tried to flee in March after complaining she was successfully being held prisoner by her repressive father.

She fled throughout the border to Oman with the assistance of a pal, earlier than boarding a ship to satisfy French nationwide Herve Jaubert, who had himself managed to efficiently escape the Emirates in 2010.

The boat set sail for the Indian coast however was intercepted by three Indian and two Emirati warships – with Jaubert claiming he and his crew have been crushed by commandos earlier than Latifa was whisked away, The Telegraph reported.

There was no instant remark from the Ministry of Exterior Affairs and the Indian Coast Guard.

The Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, in its report dated August 16, 2018 on ‘Communications, instances examined, observations and different actions’, mentioned it has transmitted to India a duplicate of the case of Latifa.

It mentioned on Might 2, 2018, the Working Group, below its pressing motion process, transmitted to the Authorities of the UAE the case of Latifa “allegedly kidnapped on March four, 2018 aboard a United States-flagged yacht, off the Indian coast whereas trying to flee from Dubai, by Indian army and safety providers, in addition to coast guards, and reportedly handed over to the authorities of the UAE”.

The report added “her destiny and whereabouts stay unknown”.

An e-mail to the Geneva-based Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances searching for touch upon the case was not instantly answered.

Rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW), in an announcement in Might this 12 months, mentioned that the UAE authorities had intercepted Latifa in March as she tried to flee by sea to a 3rd nation, and returned her to the UAE.

Latifa had instructed associates that she wished to flee restrictions imposed by her household, the rights group mentioned.

The group mentioned Tiina Jauhiainen, a Finnish citizen and a former Dubai resident for 17 years, instructed it that she met Latifa in 2010 and developed a long-term friendship together with her.

Jauhiainen mentioned she and Latifa left the UAE on February 24. Later that day, they joined Jaubert on his personal boat, crusing towards southeast Asia.

Jauhiainen mentioned that on March four the boat stopped 50 miles off the coast of Goa, in accordance with the HRW assertion.

“She was instructed concerning the location by Jaubert. At round 10 pm she and Latifa have been beneath deck after they heard shouting and gunfire and locked themselves within the toilet. The cabin crammed with fuel, forcing them onto the deck,” it mentioned.

Jauhiainen mentioned that she noticed a number of boats round their boat. Males boarded their boat, pointed weapons at her, pressured her to the bottom, and tied her arms behind her again, in accordance with the HRW assertion.

She mentioned the boys saved shouting in English, “Who’s Latifa?”, including that she later heard Latifa, whom she couldn’t see, making an attempt to interrupt free and repeatedly shouting that she needed to assert asylum.

She mentioned the boys eliminated Latifa from the boat, the assertion mentioned. It appeared that Jaubert and the crew had been mistreated, Jauhiainen mentioned, describing Jaubert’s face as “bloody” and “unrecognisable”.

Jauiainen instructed the Human Rights Watch that the Indian Coast Guard participated within the raid in coordination with the UAE authorities.

The Working Group was established by the then UN Fee on Human Rights in 1980 to help households in figuring out the destiny and whereabouts of disappeared relations.

Then again, the Dubai authorities in an announcement mentioned that Latifa was together with her household. “Her Highness Sheikha Latifa is now protected in Dubai,” learn an announcement launched on Thursday by Dubai’s Royal Courtroom.

“She and her household are wanting ahead to celebrating her birthday right this moment (sic), in privateness and peace, and to constructing a cheerful and secure future for her,” The Telegraph quoted the assertion as saying.

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