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Missing Princess Latifa 'being cared for at home,' Dubai royal family says

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Dubai's royal family says Princess Latifa is "being cared for at home," dismissing videos in which she accused them of holding her hostage since she attempted to flee abroad in 2018.

(CNN)Dubai's royal family says Princess Latifa is "being cared for at home," dismissing videos in which she accused them of holding her hostage since she attempted to flee abroad in 2018.

"In response to media reports regarding Sheikha Latifa, we want to thank those who have expressed concern for her wellbeing, despite the coverage which certainly is not reflective of the actual position," the statement by her family said, according to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy in London.

In secret recordings obtained by the BBC and shared with CNN, the daughter of Dubai's billionaire ruler claimed she was being held hostage in a "villa converted into a jail" with no access to medical help.

CNN has not independently verified the videos, released as part of BBC Panorama's 'The Missing Princess' documentary earlier this week, or Latifa's current whereabouts.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum -- the daughter of UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum -- was last seen publicly in March 2018 aboard a yacht off the coast of India, before a raid by Indian and Emirati forces took her back to Dubai, according to two people who had helped plan her escape.

In one of the video clips, Princess Latifa says: "I'm a hostage.

Princess Latifa secretly recorded the videos herself on a mobile phone whilst hiding in a locked bathroom, according to the BBC.

The documentary says that around a year after Latifa was taken back to Dubai, her friend Tiina Jauhiainen was contacted by someone who helped the pair secretly reconnect.

Jauhiainen managed to get a phone to Latifa and since then the princess has recorded many video messages "describing her captivity in a villa converted into a jail with its windows barred shut," according to a BBC press release.

In another video shown in the documentary, Latifa says: "I have been here ever since, for more than a year in solitary confinement.

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