Two pictures of Sheikha Latifa, a daughter of the ruler of Dubai, have appeared on Instagram in latest days, three months after the BBC aired a video message wherein she mentioned she was being held captive in a barricaded villa.
The pictures, if verified, would mark one of many few instances Latifa has been photographed in public since shortly earlier than she mounted a failed try three years in the past to flee her father’s management by boarding a yacht to sail throughout the Indian Ocean.
Since then, Latifa and her supporters declare she has been held towards her will on the orders of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and a vice-president of the United Arab Emirates.
The sheikh and the UAE categorically deny the accusations.
In April, U.N. rights specialists demanded that the United Arab Emirates present “proof of life” for and launch Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, 35, after the video aired in February by the BBC’s investigative information programme Panorama.
A supply near campaigners who’ve lobbied for her launch mentioned that the 2 photos, posted on the Instagram account of Sioned Taylor, have been real and had been taken not too long ago. Reuters couldn’t independently confirm whether or not Latifa has freedom of motion.
The UAE international ministry referred requests for touch upon the Instagram pictures to the Dubai authorities’s media workplace, which didn’t reply when contacted by Reuters. When contacted by Reuters through Instagram, Taylor, whose profile identifies her as a trainer at a state-run Dubai college, didn’t reply.
The primary picture, posted on Taylor’s account on Thursday, reveals Latifa exterior a film theatre inside a Dubai mall. An commercial for a movie launched in Dubai on Could 13 might be seen within the background.
The second picture, posted on Taylor’s account on Saturday, reveals Latifa sitting exterior a restaurant with the Dubai Mall within the backdrop.
After the video aired by the BBC in February, the UAE embassy in London issued an announcement saying Latifa was being cared for at home by her family and medical professionals and that she would return to “public life on the acceptable time”.
Latifa drew worldwide consideration in 2018 when a human rights group launched a video made by her wherein she described an try to flee Dubai. She was captured off the coast of India by particular forces and brought again to Dubai.
In March 2020, a London Excessive Court docket decide mentioned he accepted as proved a collection of allegations made by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum’s former spouse, Princess Haya, in a authorized battle, together with that the sheikh ordered the kidnapping of Latifa. The sheikh’s attorneys rejected the allegations.
In late 2018, Latifa’s household released photos of her sitting with Mary Robinson, a former Irish president and a United Nations excessive commissioner for human rights. Robinson subsequently instructed the BBC that she was “tricked” throughout the go to and by no means requested Latifa about her scenario.
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