‘Kid­napped’ Dubai Princess Safe, Back Home: Royal Court

Court also ac­cused a for­mer French spy of ab­duc­tion & de­mand­ing $100-mil­lion ran­som

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Di­pan­janRoy.Chaud­hury @times­group.com

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 ₹ 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

There are re­ports that princess was handed over to Dubai Royal fam­ily in quid pro quo for Chris­tian Michel

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.

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