Dubai Princess was arrested in India

Dubai Princess was arrested in India

DUBAI - A runaway Dubai princess who attempted to escape from the United Arab Emirates - unsuccessfully - has indeed been 'taken' and "brought back" to the kingdom, according to a news report.

The princess - 32-year-old Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum - was reported missing earlier this year after a ship carrying her and her friends was allegedly intercepted by UAE and Indian forces.

Detained for Dubai, a non-governmental organisation that assists "victims of injustice in the United Arab Emirates", had earlier accused New Delhi of playing a role in the princess's capture.

The NGO accused New Delhi of violating maritime laws and international treaties by helping to 'illegally' and 'violently' intercept a ship that was carrying Sheikha Latifa, who is the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the UAE.

The allegations were based on the claims of a former French spy, Herve Jaubert, who claims he helped Sheikha Latifa escape from the UAE.

The ship, Jaubert claimed, was attacked and intercepted by the Indian Coast Guard and commandos from the UAE. All those onboard the ship - including Jaubert, the boat's crew and Sheikha Latifa - were then taken to the UAE against their will.

While the others were released after a few days, the whereabouts of Sheikha Latifa remained unclear. It seems, however, that the princess is indeed back in the UAE.

The news agency Agence France-Presse has reported, citing an unnamed source close to the Dubai government, that Sheikha Latifa is back in the UAE. "What I can confirm is they took her and she was brought back," AFP quotes the source as saying.

The AFP report, however, does not provide a confirmation or a denial of the claims regarding how Sheikha Latifa was captured. The source said he did not know where Sheikha Latifa was tracked down or by whom, only that she was now "with her family" and "doing excellent", AFP reported.

At the same time, the source likens the controversy surrounding Shekha Latifa's alleged capture to a "soap opera that [has] transformed into a rampaging scheme to tarnish the reputation of Dubai and Sheikh Mohammed".

India has not officially commented on the allegations that the Coast Guard assisted UAE forces.