Following a video shown by the BBC in which Sheikha Latifa, one of the ruler of Dubai’s daughters said she was being held against her will in a barricaded villa, Britain wants to see proof that she is still alive, foreign minister said on Wednesday.
“It’s deeply troubling and you can see a young woman under deep distress,” Dominic Raab said.
In the video, shown as part of the BBC’s Panorama current affairs programme, Latifa, 35, said: “I am a hostage and this villa has been converted into a jail.”
She said she was making the video in the bathroom of the villa, the only room she could lock herself into, adding: “All the windows are barred shut, I can’t open any window.”
Asked whether he would support seeing some kind of proof from the United Arab Emirates that Sheikha Latifa was alive, Raab told Sky News television: “Given what we’ve just seen, I think people would just at a human level want to see that she’s alive and well.”
Raab informed the BBC that Britain is concerned about the footage and the United Nations will be following up on the video.
The Dubai government’s media office referred questions about the video to Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum’s law firm, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Reuters could also not independently verify when or where the video was recorded. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum drew international attention in 2018 when a human rights group released a video made by her in which she described an attempt to escape Dubai