“I don’t have the time to write in detail, I am being watched all the time so I’ll get straight to the point,” reads a letter ostensibly written by Sheikha Shamsa to an immigration lawyer she had hoped could advise her on staying in Britain. Latifa is the daughter of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum ordered the abduction of two of his daughters and orchestrated a campaign of intimidation against his … I really hope I don’t need this video. So that’s not going to happen. The British police investigated, only to drop the case after Dubai refused a detective’s request to interview the sheikha in person. And I’m making this video because it could be the last video I make. "With respect to both Shamsa and Latifa it is asserted that following their return to the custody of the father's family they have been deprived of their liberty," the judgement says, finding the assertion to be true. I can’t even go to another emirate without permission. Saudi kings have many wives because the Saudis see marriage as a way to unify the country and keep it together. Just two weeks ago, first daughter Ivanka Trump visited Dubai in a show of support for women’s rights. Banned from studying abroad or traveling even within the United Arab Emirates, she found an outlet in skydiving and caring for animals. The Dubai Ruler's daughter Shaikha Latifa got engaged to Shaikh Faisal Saud Khalid Al Qasimi in November this year. Accusations against Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai were validated in a child custody case. Randa al-Banna, from Lebanon, met the Dubai ruler in 1972 in Beirut when she was just 16. A video she made before her unsuccessful escape has more than two million views on YouTube. Princess Haya, 45, is the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and was educated at the University of Oxford. "As a head of government, I was not able to participate in the court's fact-finding process. Giving testimony last year, she told the court: "It's not just him I'm worried about. Without telling her, the sheikh obtained an Islamic divorce in February 2019, on the 20th anniversary of her father’s death. The court documents trace Sheikha Shamsa’s disappearance in far greater detail, describing how armed men seized her in Cambridge in August 2000, returned her to her father’s estate in Newmarket and put her on a helicopter to France before she was flown back to Dubai in a private jet. Relying on the oral testimony of four witnesses, a video that Sheikha Latifa recorded before her escape attempt from Dubai in 2018, written statements and a police investigation into Sheikha Shamsa’s disappearance from Britain in 2000, the judge, Sir Andrew McFarlane, found the evidence was in Princess Haya’s favor. We have assigned drivers. In 2018, Latifa recorded a video, uploaded to YouTube, in which she alleged her father had her imprisoned for over three years, during which she was tortured. Sheikh Mohammed has had at least six wives. "Indeed, his account confirms that he, together with Shamsa's mother, 'decided to organize a search for her.' The judge said that he did not have enough evidence to allegations of torture as true, though he made clear he also did not have evidence to establish them as untrue. But the judge ruled it should proceed anyway, and its findings can inform any future legal action. The footage of Sheikah Latifa Mohammed Al … Abdullah bin Abdulaziz It’s very restricted. Sheikh Mohammed declined to appear in court or to provide witnesses, according to the court documents, and did not dispute that he had ordered his daughters returned to Dubai after they tried to leave. In December 2018, Latifa was visited by the former UN Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson. “We feared that our daughter was in the hands of a criminal who might hold her to ransom and harm her,” he said. Daughter of Dubai’s ruler was seized from yacht off Indian coast after she fled UAE, according to BBC report Emma Graham-Harrison Tue 4 Dec 2018 00.00 EST Last modified on Tue 4 … Dubai ruler's wife seeks forced marriage protection order (2019), Princess Haya, Dubai ruler's wife, seeks court order to prevent child's forced marriage, Dubai ruler sues wife Princess Haya in UK's High Court. I’ve been asking a lot just to go traveling, to study, to do anything normal. Sheikha Shamsa has two full sisters,Sheikha Latifa (born 1985) and SheikhaMaitha (1980), and one brother Sheikh Majid (1987). Friends told MailOnline Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein fled Dubai after hearing about how Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum had apparently treated his daughter Princess Latifa. … I can’t. “In a few months we will take him from you — you will see.”. A trusted family doctor whom Princess Haya had asked to evaluate the sheikha told her “in unequivocal terms that there was nothing wrong with Latifa,” according to court documents. She was later abducted and forced into a car in Cambridge by men working for her father, before being driven to property owned by the sheikh. In the 2018 video, Sheikha Latifa said she also had tried to escape, to Oman in 2002, out of horror at Sheikha Shamsa’s situation, only to be caught, held in solitary confinement and regularly beaten for more than three years. The daughter of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, this young woman loves playing sports, and she's the captain of the UEA's national karate team. They say they have spoken to close associates of Latifa who have confirmed she is the daughter of the Dubai ruler and a member of the royal family. But … But while the judge expressed “gratitude” for such assurances, he wrote, “I concluded that these instruments failed to afford the children any significant level of protection from the risk of abduction within England and Wales.”, Dubai Ruler Imprisoned His Daughters and Threatened One of His Wives, U.K. Court Rules. Sheikh Mohammed and the Dubai and Emirati governments have assured the court that they will respect its judgment, according to the documents. It was constant torture, constant torture, even when they weren't physically beating me up, they were torturing me," she alleged. This has resulted in the release of a 'fact-finding' judgment which inevitably tells only one side of the story. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, daughter of the ruler of Dubai, appeared in a video last month in which she claimed was being kept against her will by … The judgment said the sheikh, had he wished, was fully able to take part in the hearings and that his account did not contradict the evidence in regards to the abductions. I’m not allowed to travel or leave Dubai at all. Sir Andrew McFarlane, the UK most senior family judge, established as fact that Sheika Shamsa, one of the sheikh's daughters by another wife, ran away from her family in the summer of 2000 while visiting the UK. Princess Haya told the court she believed that the sheikh was arranging to marry their 12-year-old daughter, Jalila, to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman. By marrying daughters of political allies and opponents it makes them all “family,” lessening the likelihood of discord. Frank Sorge/Racing Fotos, via Shutterstock. "This case concerns highly personal and private matters relating to our children. His response, she said: Stop interfering. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was born on July 15, 1949. The court determined that the princess had begun an adulterous relationship with one of her male bodyguards, which was all part of a deteriorating relationship with the sheikh, who without her knowledge, divorced her under Sharia law in 2019. Princess Haya, the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and the half-sister of the King of Jordan, is a well-known international figure. Daughter Of Dubai King Al Rashid at Vellore Golden Mahalakshmi Temple September 9, 2020 / Suresh Rao / 14 Comments Daughter of Dubai King Al Rashid visited the Golden Mahalakshmi Temple at Vellore. You know, they’re not going to take me back alive. Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of Dubai’s ruler, tried to flee the United Arab Emirates in March. I’m feeling I won’t need it. His first marriage was to his first cousin Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, a member of Dubai's ruling family by birth, whom he married in 1979. But the princess told the court she had already begun to harbor doubts about Sheikha Latifa’s treatment, despite her husband’s reassurances that the sheikha was “not stable and that she was bipolar.”. Detained in Dubai via AP Either I’m dead, or I’m in a very, very, very bad situation. The family had asked Ms. Robinson to meet with the sheikha in an apparent attempt to counter news stories about the sheikha’s kidnapping. So I’m not allowed to drive. By Ivana Kottasová, Nada Bashir and Niamh Kennedy, CNN. Sheikh Mo and Princess Haya have a daughter named Al-Jalila, who was born on Dec. 2, 2007, and a son named Zayed, who was born on Jan. 7, 2012. The sheikh’s staff investigated her personal finances. A daughter of Dubai's ruler, she had been trying to escape her homeland, saying she was being abused. Believing she was unsafe, Princess Haya fled Dubai for London with her two children by the sheikh. I can go wherever I want. London (CNN)The billionaire ruler of Dubai arranged the kidnapping of two of his adult daughters and forcibly returned them to the Gulf state after they attempted to flee abroad, a UK court has found. None of the allegations had been proven or legally adjudicated until now, after Princess Haya raised them before Britain’s high court in a child custody case against her husband. Princess Haya's lawyer Fiona Shackleton acted for Prince Charles in his divorce from Princess Diana. Judge McFarlane has made clear that the court considers both children at risk, making them wards of the court and issuing a protective order to prevent Jalila from marrying. I have seen what has happened to their sisters and I can't face the fact that the same might happen to them.". The judge found that the princess received several threats, including a series of anonymous notes, left in her bedroom or elsewhere, making threats, for example: "We will take your son -- your daughter is ours -- your life is over," and warning her to be careful. They don’t let me. Tiina Jauhiainen, the sheikha’s Finnish confidante, said on Thursday that she was “relieved and happy” that the court had thrown its weight behind her friend’s story. Judge Andrew McFarlane said he accepted as proved a series of allegations made by Mohammed’s former wife, Princess Haya bint al-Hussein, 45, half-sister of Jordan’s […] She can boast of both impressive sporting achievements and numerous fans. Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of Dubai’s ruler, tried to flee the United Arab Emirates in March. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, one of … Haya’s half-brother is Jordan’s current monarch, King Abdullah. By the time the video was recorded, Sheikha Latifa said, she led an oppressively restricted life in a palace in Dubai, followed everywhere by minders. But the stark descriptions of how the sheikh wielded his wealth and absolute power against his own family may prove hard to shake. Robinson's account was criticized by human rights activists. The princess, 45, studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University and is a keen equestrian, representing Jordan at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Last October, he dropped his opposition to the wardship and attempted to prevent the fact-finding element of the case going ahead. Sheikha Latifa’s video, posted on YouTube, made headlines in late 2018 with its allegations that her father had kidnapped Sheikha Shamsa after she escaped her family’s estate on a trip to Britain in 2000 and had kept her in drugged isolation ever since. Shaikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the daughter … But in statements to the court, he cast each episode as an attempt to protect them. “To this day I consider that Latifa’s return to Dubai was a rescue mission.”, As for Sheikha Shamsa’s disappearance in 2000, he said, he and her mother had “jointly decided to organize a search” after she “went missing for a period of time.” His daughter “was more vulnerable than other young women of her age because her status made her a kidnap risk,” he said, and “her mother and I were extremely worried about her safety and well-being.”, According to the court documents, it was Princess Haya who asked Ms. Robinson to meet Sheikha Latifa in December 2018, a move that ultimately did more to damage Ms. Robinson’s reputation than to assuage concerns about the sheikha’s well-being. In January 2019, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's wife, Princess Haya al-Hussein of Jordan, half-sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan, spoke in defense of Dubai's treatment of Sheikha Latifa. Her mother is HouriaLamara from Algeria. I have a curfew when I go out and I come back home. I know how they operate. We’re not allowed to get into anyone’s car. As the yacht transporting the sheikha neared the Indian coast in February 2018, however, Emirati and Indian commandos stormed the vessel and captured the sheikha and crew, her friends and associates have said. I don’t know how I’ll feel just waking up in the morning and thinking: “I can do whatever I want today. When she returned to Dubai, the letter stated, she was locked up in solitary confinement. I have all the choices in the world like anyone does.” That will be such a new, different feeling. My mom, she always — like, she needs to know exactly where I am. BEIRUT, Lebanon — A court in Britain has found that Dubai’s ruler kidnapped and confined two grown daughters, then threatened one of his many wives when she began to question his treatment of them, according to British court documents released on Thursday. Princess Haya, the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and the half-sister of the King of Jordan, is a well-known international figure. At the same time, a British court found, two of … The findings were revealed after a series of hearings in London involving Princess Haya and can now be disclosed after reporting restrictions were lifted. In the early stages of the nine-month proceedings, the sheikh denied Princess Haya's allegations. The court determined that the sheikh organized abductions of his two daughters on three occasions -- including one from the historic UK city of Cambridge and another in international waters off the coast of India. The ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has been under scrutiny since allegations emerged in late 2018 that the daughters, Sheikha Latifa Mohammed al-Maktoum and Sheikha Shamsa al-Maktoum, had each tried to escape their restricted lives, only to be abducted and returned to house arrest in Dubai, the gleaming financial hub of the United Arab Emirates. The 45-year-old – full name Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein – is the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and half-sister of the current king, Abdullah II. After news reports of Princess Haya's alleged separation with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, human rights campaigners called on Princess Haya to speak out on her stepdaughter Latifa’s fate in Dubai. She married him shortly after and they had a daughter together. I ask that the media respect the privacy of our children and do not intrude into their lives in the UK.". The court said it could not substantiate those allegations. Princess Haya of Jordan, left, with her lawyer outside court in London last week. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum in Dubai, in 2018. In a case described by the judge as "extraordinary," the family division of the High Court in London also found that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum conducted a "campaign of fear and intimidation" against his former wife, Jordanian. The men had given her two injections and a handful of tablets, the letter stated, but the judge found insufficient evidence to support that claim, finding only that Sheikha Shamsa appeared drunk during her abduction. Exclusive: in her first television interview, the former wife of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia claims her four daughters have suffered years trapped in the royal compound in Jeddah. The princess, who was the sheikh's sixth wife and is not the mother of the abducted daughters, brought the case to seek wardship for the two children, aged eight and 12, fearing they too would be kidnapped. Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum ordered the abduction of two of his daughters and orchestrated a campaign of intimidation against his former wife, a British judge has ruled. A video she made before her unsuccessful escape has … But her relationship with the sheikh cooled even further as she continued questioning her husband about the sheikha, she said. Yeah, so, that’s my life, basically. The British-educated Princess Haya Bint al-Hussein, 45, daughter of King Hussein of Jordan, married the sheikh in 2004, becoming his sixth and “junior wife.” Citing an email in which Sheikha Latifa said she intended to claim $300 million in damages against her father, the sheikh said the French operative who arranged her escape, Herve Jaubert, had manipulated her in an attempt to extort money. Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya had long had marital troubles; Princess Haya acknowledged an affair with a British bodyguard about a year before. She is the First Lady of Dubai, and the mother of twelve of Sheikh Mohammed's children including his heir-designate, Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (born 1982). The appeal was made to protect the best interests and welfare of the children. At the time, the family said that Sheikha Latifa was receiving treatment for mental troubles at home. She is close friends with the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. Princess Haya, the daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan and the half-sister of the King of Jordan, is a well-known international figure. Once there, she planned to claim asylum in the United States. A 'runaway princess' who says she is the daughter of Dubai's ruler has gone missing after posting a chilling 'last' video on YouTube. But within a matter of years, she left him. Another daughter, Sheika Latifa, had twice tried to escape her Emirati family but was forced back, once in 2002 from the border of Dubai with Oman, and in 2018 "by an armed commando assault at sea" in international waters near the coast of India, the judge found. And if you are watching this video, it’s not such a good thing. The wife who said she had been threatened, Princess Haya of Jordan, fled months later with her two young children to Britain. The sheikh has agreed that the children can continue living in Britain with their mother, and is now seeking only to re-establish direct contact with them, the finding says. “I was caught by my father,” reads the letter, cited by the court. Princess Haya’s flight will likely be compared to a failed attempt by Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of another of Sheikh Mohammed’s wives, to escape Dubai last year. For years, she had secretly planned an escape with the help of a Finnish friend, paying a Frenchman who claimed to be an ex-spy thousands of dollars to take her from the Arabian coast to India. “He is a desert boy,” she said the sheikh told her in a telephone conversation about their 7-year-old son, Zayed, earlier this year. Sheikha Latifa, daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's ruler and the UAE's prime minister and vice president, is seen in … When she visited Sheikha Latifa in a locked, guarded house that was “akin to a prison,” she told the court, the sheikha hugged her and burst into tears. I’m feeling positive about the future. It's the people around him, people that I know. The sheikh’s treatment of his daughters is “of a very high order of seriousness,” the judge wrote, and “may well involve findings” that it violated criminal law and human rights norms. She was able to divorce him but says that her “punishment” was not being able to … Trusted staff members were fired. Latifa was seen in grainy photographs alongside Robinson, a former President of Ireland, who said later that Latifa was "troubled" and "regretted" her attempts to escape. Dubai Sheikh kidnapped two of his daughters and threatened wife. There, she was put on helicopter to Deauville in France and then on a jet back to Dubai. Pretty soon I’m going to be leaving somehow. The other evidence indicates that the operation to remove Shamsa from Cambridge and thence to Dubai was undertaken by those working for, or assisting the father and his staff," the judge noted. Princess Haya and Sheikh Mohammed at the Epsom Derby festival in Epsom, England, in 2017. The judge found the allegations credible. Here are 9 of the Saudi Royals and the number of times they’ve gotten married. Dubai's Runaway Princess Wins Her Case She testified that about a threat to whisk her away to a desert prison, and a loaded gun on the bed. Sheikh Mohammed and Princess Haya attended Royal Ascot in 2014. A few weeks later, in April 2019, the princess decamped to Britain, where the court found that the sheikh had continued to threaten her. “He sent four Arab men to catch me, they were carrying guns and threatening me.”. “However, I am also saddened that although the English High Court has concluded unequivocally that Latifa was unlawfully kidnapped, she is still being held against her will,” she said. In a bid to show that she was safe at home, the government distributed this photograph of Sheikha Latifa with Mary Robinson, the former U.N. high commissioner for human rights. Sheikh Mohammed is unlikely to face legal consequences. I haven’t left the country since 2000. Her desk at the royal court disappeared. In September 2015, Mohammad's eldest son Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed, died of a heart disease . Almost immediately, there were signs that Princess Haya’s own status was in jeopardy. For two years, Sheikha Latifa has not been seen in public, other than in photos her family released in December 2018, looking dazed, as she sat beside Mary Robinson, a former Irish president and United Nations high commissioner for human rights. She is the daughter of King Hussein of Jordan and the half sister of King Abdullah II of Jordan. Anonymous notes appeared in her bedroom, warning in one instance, “We will take your son — your daughter is ours — your life is over.” Twice, she told the court, she found a gun on her bed, the muzzle pointing toward the door, the safety catch off. I have to be back at a certain time. 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