A photograph taken at a Spanish airport which appeared to show Sheikha Latifa, one of the daughters of the ruler of Dubai, was shared on social media on Monday (June 21), months after she released a video message in which she said she was being held captive.
The photograph marks one of the few times she has been seen in public since she tried to escape her father’s control in 2018.
Since then, Latifa and her supporters claim she has been held against her will on the orders of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum – the ruler of Dubai and a vice-president of the United Arab Emirates.
In April, U.N. rights experts demanded that the United Arab Emirates show “proof of life” for and release Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, 35, after a video was aired in February by the BBC in which she claimed she was being held in a barricaded villa.
A lawyer for the group which campaigned for her freedom told Reuters on Monday that the princess appears to be enjoying an increasing degree of freedom and is travelling.
“We are pleased to see Latifa seemingly having a passport, travelling and enjoying an increasing degree of freedom, these are very positive steps forward,” David Haigh, co-founder of the Free Latifa campaign said.
“I can also confirm that several of the campaign team have been contacted directly by Latifa,” Haigh said.
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