Dubai’s Latifa urged UK police to reopen sister’s kidnap case, BBC reports


FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister and Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum attends the Global Women's Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Sheikha Latifa, one of the daughters of the ruler of Dubai, has written to British police asking them to reopen their investigation into the abduction of her older sister from a Cambridge street in 2000, the BBC reported on Thursday.

In a handwritten letter seen by the British broadcaster and dated 2018, Latifa asked Cambridgeshire police to refocus on the case of her sister Shamsa, now 39, who was captured at the age of 18 and has not been seen in public since. Reuters has not seen the letter.

The Dubai government media office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cambridgeshire police confirmed that they had received a letter, dated February 2018, in relation to the case and that it was part of an “ongoing review.”

Latifa, 35, is herself the subject of international concern. In a video message filmed in a bathroom and obtained by the BBC, she said she was being held captive in a barricaded villa.

The United Arab Emirates said last week that Latifa was being cared for at home by family and medical professionals.

The father of the two women, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, has rejected findings by a London High Court judge who said last year he accepted as proven the allegations that the sheikh ordered the abductions of his daughters.

 

Britain has called on the United Arab Emirates to provide evidence that Latifa is still alive.

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