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Radha Stirling, appointed by Latifa before her abduction, responds to British court ruling


Left, Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya, before her escape. Right, Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai

Princess Latifa called on Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai from onboard the vessel she escaped on with spy Hervé Jaubert to help her escape her father. Stirling was called by Latifa during the attack & immediately raised her abduction to media, authorities & the UN. Stirling has campaigned tirelessly for the past 2 years for Latifa’s freedom.

Radha Stirling released the following statement in response to the finding of the British court hearing the custody suit between Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Princess Haya bint Hussein, that the Ruler of Dubai was guilty of abducting his two adult daughters, Shamsa and Latifa, in contravention of the ‘criminal law of England and Wales, international law, international maritime law, and internationally accepted human rights norms’:

Almost exactly two years to the day since Princess Latifa was captured at sea, the judgment by Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the family division of the high court in England and Wales, is a triumph for the integrity of the British justice system, and a vindication for all of us who have fought to expose the truth about the illegal abductions of Princess Shamsa and Princess Latifa over the past two years.

“The escape and capture of Latifa was a story no one wanted to print at the time, and we had to work night and day to put the facts before the public, and before the United Nations. The hesitation to expose this crime was due precisely to what McFarlane described as Sheikh Mohammed’s willingness to ‘use the very substantial powers at his disposal to achieve his particular aims.’

“The UAE and Dubai specifically have been building their power and leverage over the past 2 decades, and it appears that Sheikh Mohammed believed that he had accrued sufficient influence to interfere with the impartiality of the British legal system; he was mistaken.

“The repercussions of this judgment, which Sheikh Mohammed tried to suppress from the public record, are difficult to predict, except insofar as we can expect them to be profound.