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Detained in Dubai to hold press conference on the case of Latifa Al Maktoum and attack on US yacht


Radha Stirling announced today in a statement: Detained in Dubai will be holding a press conference on Thursday, April 12th. I, Toby Cadman, Hervé Jaubert, and Tiina Jauhiaien and her family will address the media to update the public regarding the ongoing issues surrounding the escape and subsequent capture of Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum, daughter of the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Latifa escaped the UAE along with Jauhiaien and Jaubert in late February aboard Jaubert’s yacht Nostromo, fleeing what she described as ‘years of abuse’ at the hands of her father.

On March 4th 2018, the United Arab Emirates and the Indian Coast Guard raided the American flagged yacht Nostromo in international waters, commandeered the boat, looted it, and violently apprehended all those on board, including an American citizen, a Finnish citizen, three Filipino crew members, and Sheikha Latifa (all of whom were unarmed), and took them back to the UAE against their will where they were each kept in solitary confinement and interrogated for approximately 2 weeks. Hervé Jaubert, Tiina Jauhiaien and the crew of Nostromo were eventually released without charge, with the warning that they must never reveal publicly anything that had occurred. The whereabouts of Sheikha Latifa remain unknown and we do not know if she is alive or dead. The fact that Latifa herself said that the UAE ‘wanted her dead’ intensifies the urgency of finding her and securing her freedom.

The actions of the UAE and India against Nostromo and those on board violated a whole host of laws and treaties to which both countries are obligated, and the ramifications from this act of aggression are as massive as