Exclusive-Dubai’s Latifa seems to have degree of freedom, says lawyer for campaign group


LONDON (Reuters) – Sheikha Latifa, one of the daughters of the ruler of Dubai, appears to be enjoying an increasing degree of freedom and is travelling, a lawyer for the group which campaigned for her freedom told Reuters on Monday.

A new image of Latifa, a daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, was posted on Instagram appearing to show her abroad following earlier pictures of public outings in the emirate where Latifa had said she was being held captive.

“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.

The United Arab Emirates foreign ministry and the Dubai government’s media office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In February the BBC aired a video message in which Latifa said she was being held captive in a barricaded villa, prompting U.N. rights experts to demand that the Gulf state show “proof of life” and release Latifa.

Latifa, 35, mounted a failed attempt in 2018 to escape her father’s control by boarding a yacht to sail across the Indian Ocean.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Alistair Smout and Janet Lawrence)

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