Photo appears to show Dubai’s Sheikha Latifa on trip abroad

The Nation  |  Jun 22, 2021

DUBAI   -  A picture purportedly showing Sheikha Latifa at Madrid’s airport emerged Monday, the latest in a series of images posted after the UN asked for proof the Emirati royal was still alive.

The UN human rights office asked for evidence about Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum’s daughter in February, after the BBC aired a video shot by Latifa saying she was being held captive and feared for her life. Sheikh Mohammed is the vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is one of the seven emirates. His 35-year-old daughter made an unsuccessful attempt to flee the emirate in March 2018, escaping by boat with the help of friends before being hauled back. She has not been seen in public since then.

AFP is unable to verify the latest photograph or when it was taken. It was published on Monday on an account belonging to a woman that British media have identified as Sioned Taylor, a former Royal Navy member. It showed the two women standing side-by-side, wearing masks, near an airport tarmac. A caption read: “Great European holiday with Latifa. We’re having fun exploring!”

Austria beat Ukraine 1-0 to qualify for EURO 2020 last 16 In the comment section, the account’s handler responds “well spotted” to an inquiry as to whether the picture was taken at Madrid’s Barajas airport.

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