Kidnapped’ Dubai Princess back home safe: Royal Court

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New Delhi: The government of Dubai has said that Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum is back home safely and celebrated her birthday with family.

Sheikha Latifa is pertinent in the extradition case of Christian James Michel as there are reports that Princess was handed over to Dubai Royal family in quid pro quo for the alleged middleman in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal.

“Her Highness Sheikha Latifa is now safe in Dubai,” read a statement released by Dubai’s Royal Court.

“She and her family are looking forward to celebrating her birthday today (sic), in privacy and peace, and to building a happy and stable future for her.”

“We are aware and deeply saddened by the continued media speculation regarding Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al Maktoum. This private family matter has caused significant upset and distress for all concerned, most of all Sheikha Latifa,” the statement said.

The Dubai Royal court also accused a former French spy HJP Jaubert of her kidnap and claimed that Jaubert had taken her against her will and then demanded a $100-million ransom for her return.

Earlier this year, the Princess apparently crossed into Oman and boarded a boat to meet Jaubert, who had himself managed to successfully escape the Emirates in 2010.

Latifa’s lawyer, Toby Cadman, had told the Arabic news site Al Bawaba that he had taken the case to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in July, where he pleaded with the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances to issue notices to the Indian and UAE governments.

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) had earlier sought an explanation from India about Dubai princess’ disappearance.

OHCHR had published also a report on Jammu and Kashmir this year which is an irony of sorts as it violates very own UN resolutions on the Indian state and definition of terror by the global body.

Source: Economic Times