Princess Latifa, the daughter of Dubai governor Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, described for the first time how he was captured by Indian special forces three years ago on a boat off the coast of India and how even though he kicked and shouted for political asylum he was calm and flown on a private plane.
In the first video seen by Latifa since his return to Dubai, the 35-year-old boy explained that on March 4, 2018, about 12 to 15 commandos and two Emirati sergeants boarded his boat and one injected what he thought was it is peace.
The Indian government has never commented on his involvement. On Wednesday the UN said it would promote development with the UAE.
Latifa’s friend Finland’s Tina Jauhiainen, who was in the boat, told BBC Panorama ‘The Missing Princess’ on Tuesday how they were both asleep when they heard a noise in a luxury taxi that sounded like guns.
“The boat was confiscated by Indian special forces. Latifa was lying on the floor with her hands tied behind her back and kept saying ‘I want political asylum’ but they would not listen, ”said Jauhiainen.
Latifa was taken to an Indian military ship, according to the plan.
Latifa said that the commanders carried her to a large room where there were four or five generals. She said that she have also said that she wants to get asylum and that she do not want to go to Dubai. Then she saw a private plane.
The Emirate commander later picked him up during a kick, so he bit him, he said. Another man silenced her again.
She said that they put her on a stretcher and passed her when they carried me in a jet. When she woke up, she found that the plane had landed in Dubai. She have been in solitary confinement since then without access to any medical care.
A year later, Jauhiainen was able to get a call from him. Latifa started making locked videos in the bathroom of a Dubai villa where, he said, he was caught, hired by police. A few months ago messages sent by Jauhiainen were not received. This prompted him to release videos for Panorama.
In one video, Latifa explains how she was tricked by her stepmother, Princess Haya, into meeting Mary Robinson, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, while the UN was investigating her disappearance.
He said Haya had told him that if he worked well during the dinner he would be released soon.
“I have never been told that Mary Robinson was the UN human rights commissioner. If I had known, I would have told her everything to her, ”he said.
Photographs of the lunch were released by the UAE to prove Latifa was doing well and Robinson spoke to the media and said the same thing. In Panorama, however, Robinson claims to have been misled.
Back at the villa, nothing had changed for Latifa and she was back in her “prison”, with no new clothes or medical access, not even a toothbrush.