The United Nations’ human rights body is investigating newly released videos in which a daughter of Dubai’s ruler claims to be held “hostage” — while the UK on Wednesday demanded proof that she is still alive.
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, 35, used a phone smuggled to her in her “villa jail” to beg for help in messages released to the BBC after her supporters lost contact about six months ago.
“I’m a hostage … I am worried about my safety and my life,” whispered Latifa, thought to be one of around 30 children Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has with numerous women.
“I don’t really know if I’m going to survive this situation,” she said in one of the clips aired by the BBC’s “Panorama” Tuesday night.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said it would “raise these new developments with the UAE,” where Sheikh Mohammed, 71, serves as