They publish photos of Princess Latifa for the first time since she reported being kidnapped by her father

They publish photos of Princess Latifa for the first time since she reported being kidnapped by her father

Two photos allegedly showing the Princess Latifa were posted this week on an unidentified Instagram account, months after the UN asked for proof of life for the daughter of the sovereign of Dubai.

In February, the UN had reported that it asked the United Arab Emirates for proof of the 35-year-old princess’s life, from Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, leader of the emirate of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

That request was a reaction to the dissemination by British media of videos according to which Princess Latifa claimed to be “kidnapped” and fear for her life.

The young woman had tried in vain to escape by boat from this Gulf emirate in 2018, before being returned to her country. Princess Latifa has not been seen in public since this unsuccessful escape attempt.

The AFP has not been able to verify the authenticity or the place or date on which those two photos published in recent days in Instagram. The Emirate of Dubai has not made any comment at the moment.

On Saturday night the photo published on a public account of Instagram shows a woman introduced as Princess Latifa, with the caption: “Good food at Bice Mare with Latifa.”

Bice Mare is a restaurant in the center of Dubai.

Days earlier in the same week, a first image showed a woman, also presented as the princess, sitting in a shopping center in Dubai, the Mall of Emirates (MoE), along with two other women. The caption read: “Nice afternoon at the MoE with friends.”

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Latifa’s older sister, Shamsa, had also tried to flee in August 2000 while on vacation in England.

As related Latifa, Shamsa was found after two months on the run, “drugged”, taken to Dubai and “locked up”. She is now 39 years old and has not been seen since.

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