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“Sheikh Mohammed can get you anywhere in the world”, freed UAE hostage Tiina Jauhiainen

Updated: Jan 18, 2021


Sheikha Latifa and Tiina, driving to freedom, before being captured by UAE forces

Defying threats and intimidation, in a statement to Detained in Dubai, Finnish national Tiina Jauhiainen recounts her role in the escape of Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum from the UAE, and the terrifying events that followed when their boat was attacked by a joint Indian-Emirati military raid. Beaten, detained, threatened with death, and forced to record a false “confession”, Tiina was only released after being warned that she would not be safe “even in Finland” if she dared to speak out.

“Sheikh Mohammed is one of the most powerful people in the world and he can get you anywhere in the world and bring you back”, with these chilling words from an Emirati official, Tiina Jauhiainen was released after two weeks in UAE custody.

In a statement to Detained in Dubai, Tiina recounted her role in the escape of Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makroum, the ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the UAE; and the terrifying events that followed.