The inside story of escape and secretive arrest of Dubai Princess Sheikha Latifa

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The inside story of escape and secretive arrest of Dubai Princess Sheikha Latifa

DUBAI - The ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is alleged of forceful confinement of his daughter Latifa.

Reports said the princess was captured in a highly secretive operation last March, some 50 km away from the coast of Goa from a US flag carrier and forcibly taken back to the UAE.

She was said to be running away from oppressive confinement with her friend, an alleged French-born US spy.

Before her escape attempt, she recorded a video Latifa said that she was fleeing the Emirates due to restrictions imposed by her family.

After a planning of 7 years, Latifa fled the country in February 2018 and made it to 30 miles off the Indian coast near Goa on board a yacht before being captured. The video was later released on social media after she was intercepted and taken back to Dubai. She has not been seen or heard from since. Her friend and lawyer spoke exclusively to WION link about the princess's daring escape from a gilded cage and subsequent capture.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum is the 33-year-old daughter of the Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. In the video recorded by her, she said she was born on December 5, 1985. Her mother is from Algeria.

In the video recorded by her, she said the ruler has three daughters called Latifa and she is the middle one. According to her own account, she is one of the five daughters and one among 30 children of the ruler.

In the 40-minute video, Latifa said she previously tried to flee UAE in 2002 when she was 16 but was captured at the border. She spent over three years in jail where she said she was beaten and tortured.