Dubai ruler’s missing daughter feared dead
Even as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman faces increasing heat for his alleged involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is under global scrutiny for alleged forceful confinement, kidnapping and perhaps even murder of his daughter Latifa Maktoum.
Reports said the princess was captured in a highly secretive operation last March, 50 km away from the coast of Goa from a US flag carrier and forcibly taken back to the UAE. She was said to be running away from oppressive confinement with her friend, an alleged French-born US spy. Since then, there has been no news of the princess, and many fear that she may have been murdered.
Her law and international crisis manager, David Haigh, told Wion that he had got the details of Latifa’s travails from the royal family’s British PA, Collete. “A mutual friend contacted her over phone, and I contacted her on WhatsApp,” says Haigh, “She was meant to call me back or have Latifa’s brother contact me, but they did not. It felt like she had gone to her bosses, maybe the ruler.”