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Answers that beg more questions on the disappearance of Sheikha Latifa

Sheikha Latifa, famous for her skydiving (not to be confused with the other Sheikha Latifa's)

Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, daughter of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (one of three daughters with the same name), disappeared from the UAE, most likely in late February. In a video she made prior to her departure from the Emirates, Latifa said that she was “escaping” after years of abuse, torture, detention, forced drugging, physical, mental, emotional coercion, and essentially a lifetime of severe restrictions on her freedom. She also alleged that her father had been involved in similar and worse crimes against others, including other members of the royal family.

From a US-registered yacht, later identified as Nostromo, Latifa contacted Detained in Dubai saying that she was on her way to Goa, India. From there she planned to fly to the United States to seek asylum. She was aided in her escape by dual French / American citizen Herve Jaubert, who formerly worked as an intelligence agent for France. Her friend has also been confirmed as having accompanied Latifa.

On March 4th, Latifa called Detained in Dubai in a panic, saying that the boat had been boarded amidst gunfire, and neither she nor anyone else on the boat has been heard from since.

Now, if Latifa’s allegations against her father are false, this raises a number of questions. Because, if she was lying in the video, then of course, she has always lived a life of wealth and privilege, and presumably enjoyed the same, if not more freedom as anyone else. She would have been free to travel when and where she wanted, and she would have had the means to do so at the drop of a hat. Why would someone living such a life be inclined to flee, to escape, and to seek asylum somewhere else? Would anyone prefer to be a refugee instead of a princess?

If Latifa was not telling the truth in her video, then she, like other royals, will have been involved in a number of activities, had many friends and acquaintances, and so on. Her absence would have been immediately noticed, and both the royal family and the general public would be alarmed and dismayed.