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UAE Releases Photos of 'Missing' Princess

Sheikha Latifa had reportedly fled her home in Dubai but was forcibly returned
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 24, 2018 1:17 PM CST
In this Dec. 15, 2018, photo released by the United Arab Emirates, Sheikha Latifa meets with Mary Robinson, a former UN official and president of Ireland, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.   (United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation via AP)
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(Newser) – The United Arab Emirates has released photos of a daughter of Dubai's ruler after friends and supporters say she was forcibly returned to Dubai after fleeing months earlier. The state-run WAM news agency carried a government statement Monday saying the princess is "at home and living with her family in Dubai," per the AP. Her father is Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's ruler and the UAE's prime minister and vice president. The government says Sheikha Latifa met with Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Dec. 15 at the family's request. Photos show the two women smiling in what appears to be a home.

Sheikha Latifa had previously appeared in a 40-minute video saying she was imprisoned off and on for several years and abused. The release of the photos comes months after friends and supporters say she disappeared when commandos stormed a boat she was on near the coast of India, one that was taking her away from the Emirates. Human rights organizations have raised concerns over Sheikha Latifa's fate in the time since. (Read more about her alleged effort to escape.)


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