Opinion: For Truth-Tellers Like Sheikha Latifa, There Is No Justice
Opinion: For Truth-Tellers Like Sheikha Latifa, There Is No Justice by Elizabeth Vos – DisObedient Media
Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum hoped the public would never have to see the forty minute video she created before her attempted escape from Dubai, which was only to be published in the event of a disaster. In the forty-minute clip, she repeatedly tells the camera: “This might be the last video I ever make.”
Latifa is the daughter of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. As she explains in her recording, she previously attempted to flee Dubai in her teens but was caught at the border with Oman, leading to three years of continual torture on the personal orders of her father. As she explains, Latifa is not the only family member who has suffered at the hands of Sheikh Mohammed.
Her sister Shamsa, she said, attempted escape in the UK in 2001 at the age of 19 but was kidnapped off the street by henchmen of Sheikh Mohammed after two months. Articles published by The Guardian confirm both Princess Shamsa’s escape and eventual kidnapping.
On her return to Dubai, Latifa recalls that Shamsa was also imprisoned, tortured, and eventually monitored 24/7 by “medical” personnel, who Latifa characterized as following her sister like a “cage.” In her video, Sheikha Latifa alleges that her father has also been responsible for the deaths of members of the royal family, including his sister-in-law, saying that: “He is responsible for so many deaths. He has ruined so many lives.”
Sheikha Latifa’s tell-all video was given to her legal representatives from the UAE Civil and Criminal Justice Specialists of Detained in Dubai if she were to be killed or go missing. The recording was duly published after Detained in Dubai’s founder Radha Stirling received a phone call from Latifa begging for help and stating there were men aboard the Nostromo, with audible gunfire in the background. Latifa has not been heard from since.
Shahid Bolsen, joint managing partner with the group Detained in Dubai, penned an extremely informative article on the events which followed the creation of Latifa’s filmed testimony, writing that the escape attempt was initiated in late February, 2018: “Latifa escaped the UAE along with her friend Tiina Jauhiaien of Finland, with the help of French-American national Herve Jaubert, a former French intelligence agent. Along with her friend Tiina Jauhiaien of Finland. Latifa was secretly transported across the border with Oman, and escaped on Jaubert’s American registered yacht Nostromo. They sailed for Goa, India with the intention of then flying to the United States to seek asylum.”