`KIDNAPPED' PRINCESS PICTURED IN MADRID
Princess Latifa has appeared in a “holiday” photo with a British teacher just months after claiming she was imprisoned by her father, the ruler of Dubai.
The 35-year-old is wearing a mask at Madrid airport in the photo, which was posted Monday by Sioned Taylor, a Dubai-based teacher who wrote the caption: “Great European holiday with Latifa. We're having fun exploring!”
Responding to a comment asking about Latifa, she replied “She is great” with a thumbs-up emoji and confirmed the pair were at Madrid-barajas airport.
Taylor, who in the past has worked for the Dubai royal family, posted photographs in May showing Latifa in a Dubai shopping mall and restaurant. They are the only public sightings of the princess since she claimed in videos released in February that she was being held hostage in a guarded Dubai villa after being forcibly returned to the U.A.E. following a 2018 escape attempt. She has not spoken publicly.
Rothna Begum, of Human Rights Watch, said: “We just need to know that she is free and able to express her wishes, which is really difficult to know from a photograph.
“The U.A.E. has not been forthcoming (about Princess Latifa's well-being), instead they've given this stage-managed show. It would be good if immigration officials were to take her aside and ask her if she wants to claim asylum or check that she wasn't being held against her will.”