Missing Dubai princess is 'safely back at home'

The government of Dubai broke its silence on the case of its missing princess yesterday, saying she was safely back home and accusing a former French spy of her kidnap.

Sheikha Latifa, the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Dubai’s ruler, tried to escape the country in March after saying she was effectively being held prisoner by her repressive father.

She fled across the border to Oman with the help of a friend, before boarding a boat to meet French national Herve Jaubert, who had himself escaped the Emirates in 2008.

The boat set sail for the Indian coast but was intercepted by three Indian and two Emirati warships. Mr Jaubert claimed that he and his crew were beaten by commandos before she was whisked away.

“Her Highness Sheikha Latifa is now safe in Dubai,” read a statement released yesterday by Dubai’s Royal Court. It went on to claim Mr Jaubert had taken her against her will and then demanded a $100m (€88m) ransom.

Mr Jaubert could not be reached for comment. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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