UAE ‘swapped’ businessman for princess
Reports are emerging that the runaway Dubai princess whose visit from Mary Robinson led to controversy last month, was in fact “exchanged” with India for a British arms consultant at the centre of a bribery scandal over a helicopter deal in India.
Christian Michel, 57, described as a “smooth” business dealer by Indian detectives, was extradited from the UAE last month to face charges over a deal that has sent shock waves across high political and military circles in Delhi.
He was handed to India in an exchange for Princess Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum — the daughter of Dubai’s ruler, who was intercepted by the Indian Navy during her attempt to flee the UAE last year.
The princess’s capture off the coast of Goa drew global attention for her dramatic escape from Dubai in a yacht with the aid of a French spy, as she allegedly sought asylum for mistreatment by the royal family. Mary Robinson became involved when she visited the princess in the UAE to report to the UNHCR on the ongoing saga.