Dubai Princess Says She Is Being Held Hostage by Her Family in New Video

HeadlineFeb 18, 2021

In other news from the Gulf, the BBC has aired video of a princess in Dubai who says she is being held hostage by her father, the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, a close ally of the United States. Princess Sheikha Latifa has not been seen in public since she tried to escape the UAE in 2018.

Sheikha Latifa: “I’m a hostage. And this villa has been converted into a jail. All the windows are barred shut. I can’t open any window. … I’ve been by myself, solitary confinement, no access to medical help, no trial, no charge, nothing.”

That was Princess Sheikha Latifa speaking in a newly aired video. Her older sister Shamsa hasn’t been seen in over 20 years, since being seized on the streets of Cambridge, England, after she tried to flee her family’s estate.

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