The United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHCR) said on Friday it has asked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to furnish proof that Princess Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, the 35-year-old daughter of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, is alive and well.
Latifa attempted to flee the UAE in February 2018 and has not been seen in public since she was captured at sea in a special forces raid. The BBC on Monday aired a series of videos she recorded on a smuggled cell phone in which she described herself as a “hostage” and said she feared for her life.
According to Latifa’s friends and supporters, she began planning her escape from Dubai in 2011 with the assistance of French businessman Herve Jaubert and her Finnish personal trainer, Tiina Jauhiainen.
Jauhiainen told the BBC she and Latifa used an inflatable boat and a jet ski to reach a U.S.-flagged yacht