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Torture and Kidnap victims speak on their and Princess Latifa's Kidnap by Dubai Ruler - Updates

Updated: Jul 17, 2022


Full House at Detained in Dubai Press Conference

Detained in Dubai held a press conference in London on the 12th of April 2018 on the kidnapping of Dubai Princess Sheikha Latifa AL Maktoum (ii), Hervé Jaubert, Tiina Jauhiainen and three Filipino crew members onboard US sailboat Nostromo from International waters by the UAE and India last month.

It was the first time that kidnap and torture victims Herve and Tiina spoke to the press and answered questions, in a packed press conference, streamed live around the world.

Background

On 26 February 2018, Princess Latifa, daughter of the ruler of Dubai and Prime Minister and Vice President of of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, left Dubai, UAE along with her long time friend Tiina Jauhiainen. They joined Hervé Jaubert on his US registered yacht Nostromo in international waters off Oman where they sailed towards Goa, India, where Latifa had intended to depart and travel to the US to seek asylum. Latifa, and Herve were in regular contact with Detained in Dubai and Latifa told the world in her last Instagram post and in her later released video that she had left Dubai fleeing what she described as ‘years of abuse’ at the hands of her father who was “one of the most evil men in the world”.

On March 4th 2018, the United Arab Emirates and the Indian Coast Guard illegally attacked the American flagged yacht Nostromo at gunpoint in international waters. Nostromo was commandeered, looted, and they violently apprehended all those on board, including an American citizen, a Finnish citizen, three Filipino crew members, and Sheikha Latifa. The men were beaten and tortured and all were taken back to the UAE against their will where they were each kept in s