NINE months in the past, Princess Latifa Al Maktoum of Dubai disappeared when making an attempt to flee the clutches of her father – the nati
NINE months in the past, Princess Latifa Al Maktoum of Dubai disappeared when making an attempt to flee the clutches of her father – the nation’s Prime Minister, Mohammed Al Maktoum, who she claimed was an evil, torturous monster.
It’s now been 9 months since she was seen – and it’s believed she could also be again in Dubai.
Right here, her finest pal and martial arts trainer Tiina Jauhiainen bravely speaks to Solar On-line about their failed escape.
I might style the salt as he dangled me over the water and shouted: “Take your final breath earlier than we shoot your brains out.”
Paralysed with worry, I might heard the screams of my finest pal Latifa who was being held on the different finish of the boat, preventing for freedom.
It didn’t really feel actual. Simply ten minutes earlier we have been getting ready for mattress within the cabin, excited for our new journey after fleeing Dubai and Latifa’s father – who she stated had imprisoned and tortured her for years.
We’d left Dubai within the early morning and caught a dinghy from the coast of Oman, crusing 15 miles out to sea in a meticulously deliberate escape that was set to price us £315,000.
As soon as there, we met a contact, ex-French spy and Dubai escapee Herve Jaubert, who took us by way of jet ski to the boat we have been now being attacked on.
That night time on March 4th 2018, we had ready for mattress in our shared cabin on board the Nostromo yacht. I keep in mind I had simply brushed my enamel once we heard one thing that gave the impression of gun photographs.
We cowered within the small cabin toilet and locked the door behind us when the commotion upstairs started. I don’t understand how a lot time handed in there, however slowly smoke began to fill the room.
The navy had tracked us down – they knew Latifa and I have been someplace within the boat, and so they had thrown the smoke grenades in to flush us out. It labored, we couldn’t breathe.
Holding palms tightly, we moved in direction of the noise not understanding what could be ready – however once we arrived on the higher deck, troopers have been already pointing their weapons at us.
We did as we have been informed and dropped to the ground and so they tied my palms collectively. There was a commotion and we have been separated to reverse ends of the boat.
The guard who had me hissed: “In the event you transfer or communicate, or open your eyes, I’ll kill you.”
I stayed fully frozen in worry, Latifa kicked and screamed as she begged for assist. There was nothing I might do – with each breath they threatened me.
“I’ll shoot your brains out in the event you transfer,” one stated.
A person boarded the boat and checked out Latifa, earlier than saying: “That’s her.” He took her away as she screeched: “I’d reasonably you shoot me right here than take me again to Dubai.”
That was 9 months in the past. Since then, no one has seen or heard from her.
Myself and Herve have been taken again to Dubai and interrogated for 2 weeks, with the authorities making an attempt responsible me for Latifa’s kidnap, saying I inspired her.
Fortunately, after years of being too scared to talk out, she had recorded a video at my house the week earlier than that accused her dad of ordering quite a few murders and tortures.
Latifa despatched it to her lawyer to be launched in if she disappeared – which it was per week after she went lacking.
Now that very same video, which has amassed 1.5 million views on YouTube, is on the coronary heart of my marketing campaign to seek out my finest pal.
I’m now again in London engaged on the Free Latifa Marketing campaign, which I hope will elevate consciousness of her scenario and assist her be returned.
I don’t fear an excessive amount of about my security, though Detained in Dubai are nervous about what the Emerati authorities would possibly do. I’m cautious however I’m positively not scared. I simply need individuals to learn about Latifa.
‘I’ll by no means surrender’
At this time, I miss her greater than ever. It was her birthday on December fifth and I felt empty with out her right here to have a good time.
Latifa would at all times say that I used to be the ying to her yang. It was simply two actual finest pals. Not everybody might perceive that and speculated we have been lovers, however we have been household. She didn’t have actual household.
I’ve so many good reminiscences of occasions with Latifa, however the ones I respect probably the most have been the easy issues. Some days we’d sit and watch the birds or the sundown.
She didn’t have any data of the world as a result of she hadn’t travelled, so in some methods I used to be her solely hyperlink to all the things on the market. As soon as our plan of escape was in place she even requested me how an airport labored, and I couldn’t assist however snicker.
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I didn’t get to say any final phrases to her. In that second, with the weapons poking at my head, I couldn’t assume. But when I might speak to her now, I’d simply inform her that I really like her and that I’ll by no means surrender on discovering her.
Escape from Dubai: The Thriller of the Lacking Princess will air tonight on BBC2 at 9pm