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Why Are Dubai's Princesses Running Away?

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Dubai’s Ruler and Pegasus Phone Hacking Exposed in a UK Court
A high court judge has ruled that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum hacked the phone of his ex-wife Princess Haya using Pegasus spyware. In this episode we look at the implications of the affair. Earlier this year we brought you an investigation into the use of controversial spyware called Pegasus. As part of that series we revealed that the phone number of Princess Haya, the ex-wife of the ruler of Dubai, had appeared in a data leak of numbers selected as possible targets for surveillance by governments with access to Pegasus. This software gives the user the ability to access photos, videos, phone calls – everything on the target’s mobile phone. Last week that story took a dramatic twist. The Guardian’s defence and security editor Dan Sabbagh tells Rachel Humphreys that new documents released in a UK court reveal rulings by a senior judge that confirmed that Haya was successfully hacked along with members of her legal and security teams. The judge also ruled that on the balance of probabilities, the hack was ordered by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. It’s an act that has implications not just for Haya and her legal team, but for everyone in the UK. And the affair has posed questions too for the British government over its relationship with its close ally the United Arab Emirates.
31:13 10/11/2021
Pegasus Project: Runaway Princesses, the UK Connection
Two princesses from the United Arab Emirates show up in our leaked records – and we look at whether powerful spyware is being used against UK citizens In 2018, Princess Latifa, a daughter of Dubai’s ruler, made a bid for freedom. Together with a Finnish fitness instructor and a French former spy, she fled the United Arab Emirates. The Guardian’s Dan Sabbagh tells Michael Safi that at the height of the escape drama, it can now be revealed, the mobile numbers for Latifa and some of her friends back home appeared on a database at the heart of the Pegasus project data investigation. Latifa was ultimately captured by Indian special forces and returned to Dubai. The UAE described it not as an escape attempt but as a kidnapping. The controversial incident was one of the final straws for Princess Haya, the sixth wife of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. She left the UAE after the couple divorced and soon became enmeshed in a protracted and acrimonious legal battle in the UK courts for custody of their children. As the Guardian’s David Pegg reports, the phone numbers of Haya, and eight of her close associates, appear in a dataset believed to indicate people of interest to a government client of NSO. NSO Group says it cannot see how its customers, which are all governments, use its military-grade spyware Pegasus, which is capable of secretly infecting a mobile phone and then extracting massive amounts of data from it. It says Pegasus is only supposed to be used to prevent terrorism and serious crime, and that its clients sign contracts agreeing to these terms when they purchase a licence. There were British numbers in the records, too. One of those was of the human rights lawyer Rodney Dixon QC, and we were able to check his phone. The results were not conclusive – there was no successful infection – but we did find suspicious activity. NSO says it wasn’t technically possible for this phone to have been targeted. But if people in London are finding possible signs of Pegasus activity on their phones, is being in the UK any protection? Source: The Pegasus project part 4: runaway princesses and the UK connection Today in Focus | The Guardian | July 21, 2021
24:36 07/22/2021
A Missing Princess, a Bid for Freedom, and an Irish President ‘Horribly Tricked’
The story of Princess Latifa who has been missing since 2018 when she attempted to flee Dubai but was forcibly returned by her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Host Kevin Doyle examines what happened to the Princess and how former Irish president Mary Robinson became embroiled in the controversy. The Indo Daily, Independent.ieJune 8, 2021
20:31 06/08/2021
Sheikha Latifa: the Story Behind Tracking Down a Princess
For nearly three years, Princess Latifa, the daughter of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has been missing. Sanya Burgess, from Sky’s data and forensics unit, managed to obtain videos of the royal who claimed she was a ‘hostage’. In this episode of the Sky News Daily podcast, host Katerina Vittozzi speaks to Sanya about the time she has spent working with Latifa’s friends to get questions to the princess in order to tell her story. Source: Sheikha Latifa: The story behind tracking down a princess Sky News Daily | Sky News | February 22, 2021
28:00 02/22/2021
U.N. to Address the Detention of Dubai’s Princess Latifa
The United Nations says it will address the detention of Princess Latifa, the daughter of Dubai's ruler, with the United Arab Emirates. Emirati princess Sheikha Latifa, one of the daughters of Dubai's ruler, says she is being held against her will in a barricaded villa. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum drew international attention in 2018 when a human rights group released a video she made in which she described an attempt to escape Dubai. Last March, a London High Court judge said he accepted as proved a series of allegations made by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bint Rashid Al Maktoum's former wife, Princess Haya, in a legal battle, including that the sheikh ordered the abduction of Sheikha Latifa. The sheikh's lawyers rejected the allegations. In secretly recorded videos that have now gone viral, Princess Latifa says she fears for her life. The footage prompted global calls for a UN investigation, while the UK has called the videos "deeply troubling". Journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis has written extensively about the royal family in Dubai for Vanity Fair. She spoke to ABC NewsRadio’s Thomas Oriti from New York. Source: UN to address detention of Dubai's Princess Latifa ABC NewsRadio | ABC Radio | February 18, 2021
05:48 02/17/2021
Sheikh Mohammed Responsible for Abducting Daughters
The British High Court has delivered an astonishing ruling in a legal case between the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, and his former wife, Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussain, who fled last year to London and is in the midst of a custody battle over their two children. Source: Sheikh Mohammed responsible for abducting daughters, UK High Court finds RN Breakfast | ABC Radio | March 6, 2020
06:55 03/06/2020
Dubai Ruler Loses High Court Battle In London
Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum abducted two daughters, ran intimidation campaign against wife. Source: Dubai ruler loses court battle in London The World Tonight | BBC Radio 4 | March 5, 2020
12:32 03/05/2020
Flight of the Princess: Princess Haya Escapes Dubai
A year after one of Sheikh Mohammed's daughters attempted to flee Dubai, his wife Princess Haya escaped to London. Now the royal couple is battling over their children in Britain's biggest royal divorce since Charles and Diana. Vanessa Grigoriadis explores why Emirati noblewomen are running for their lives. Written by Vanessa Grigoriadis | Narrated by Samantha Desz Source: FLIGHT OF THE PRINCESS | Vanity Fair | March 2020 Flight of the Princess | Vanity Fair | March 2020
36:55 02/18/2020
Why Do Dubai’s Princesses Keep Trying to Run Away?
Ola Salem discusses the divorce case of Princess Haya, who fled to London. Why do royal women keep trying to escape the emirate? Over the summer, Princess Haya, the estranged wife of the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, asked an English court for a forced marriage protection order relating to their children and a non-molestation order after the breakdown of their marriage. The Guardian reporter Haroon Siddique describes the court scene to Rachel Humphreys, while the journalist Ola Salem discusses previous attempts by two other princesses to flee the Dubai royal family, and looks at why this case is so significant for women in the emirate. Source: The Guardian | Today in Focus | Why do Dubai's princesses keep trying to run away? Today in Focus | The Guardian | September 8, 2019
18:24 09/08/2019
Who is Princess Haya? Wife of Dubai Ruler Has Fled to London
The ruler of Dubai and his estranged wife, Princess Haya, are in court this week battling over the welfare of their children. Princess Haya fled Dubai earlier this year and has been reportedly living in hiding in London. We hear from Louise Callaghan, Middle East Correspondent for The Sunday Times, who's been following the Dubai family saga for the past year, and BBC Law in Action’s Joshua Rozenberg who's been in court this week watching proceedings. Source: BBC Radio 4 | Woman's Hour | Who is Princess Haya? Woman's Hour | BBC Radio 4 | July 31, 2019
08:46 07/31/2019
Dubai’s Princess Haya Hiding in London in ‘Fear for Her Life’
Dubai's Princess Haya is in hiding in London, reportedly in 'fear for her life'. Guest: Sebastian Usher, Middle East correspondent Source: Dubai princess in hiding Nine To Noon | RNZ | July 15, 2019
02:08 07/15/2019
Princess Haya Has Fled Her Husband, the Ruler of Dubai
Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein has fled from her husband, the ruler of Dubai. Writer Ola Salem says it's not unusual among the Gulf's super-rich ruling families. Source: Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein has fled from her husband RN Breakfast | ABC Radio | July 9, 2019
06:58 07/08/2019
Royal Marriage Gone Wrong: Wife of Dubai’s Ruler Hiding in London
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks the BBC's Frank Gardner why Haya Bint al-Hussein, the wife of Dubai's ruler, is said to be in hiding in London. Source: A Royal Marriage Gone Wrong Weekend Edition Sunday | NPR | July 7, 2019
03:58 07/07/2019
Tiina Jauhiainen Discusses the Princesses Fleeing Dubai
Tiina Jauhiainen speaks about Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum and Princess Haya bint Hussein, and their individual escapes from Dubai. The Sunday morning news magazine programme. Presented by Paddy O'Connell. Source:  Tiina Jauhiainen interview Broadcasting House | BBC Radio 4 | July 7, 2019
07:22 07/07/2019
The Sheikh and the Princess: the Smiling’s Over
Princess Haya is believed to have fled the ruler of Dubai. Now court proceedings are under way in London, as Hanan Razak tells Caroline Wyatt. Source: The sheikh and the princess: the smiling’s over The World This Week | BBC World Service | July 5, 2019
04:32 07/05/2019
Wife of Dubai Ruler Flees United Arab Emirates with Two Children
British newspapers are reporting that Princess Haya Bint al Hussein, wife of the ruler of Dubai, has fled the United Arab Emirates with her two children and sought asylum in Germany. It's the second time in two years that a female family member of Sheikh bin Rashid al-Maktoum has fled Dubai, with one of his daughters reportedly cut off by armed men when she attempted a daring escape by sea. It's thrown the spotlight on a country considered more progressive than others in the region when it comes to women's rights. Source: Wife of ruler of Dubai reportedly flees United Arab Emirates with her two children The World Today with Sally Sara | ABC Radio | July 1, 2019
04:00 07/01/2019
Lisa Bloom on Sheikha Latifa, Sheikh Mo, and Godolphin Racing
US Attorney Lisa Bloom discusses Sheikha Latifa, Sheikh Mohammed, and racing giant Godolphin Racing with Andy Maher. Source: Afternoons With Andy Maher | SEN | April 14, 2019
14:16 04/14/2019
The Missing Princess Who’s Trapped In Dubai
In this episode, we unravel the story of missing Dubai Princess Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum. In March 2018 Sheikha Latifa, the 33 year old daughter of Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed, attempted to escape her oppressive life after years of torture, imprisonment, and the lack of basic human rights. Unfortunately, Latifa’s escape didn’t go to plan and she was recaptured on a yacht off the coast of India. She hasn’t been seen publicly since. We speak with the CEO of Detained In Dubai, Radha Stirling, who helped Latifa with her escape attempt and is continuing to raise awareness about the case. As you will hear, Latifa’s life is far from a fairytale and life behind the palace walls is anything but safe. Source: Sheikha Latifa - The Missing Princess Who's Trapped In Dubai The Quicky | MamaMia | February 17, 2019
12:27 02/17/2019
Princess Haya on Mary Robinson Involvement in Latifa Photos
Former Irish President Mary Robinson has come under severe criticism following a recent visit to Dubai. She went there at the invitation of Princess Haya, wife of United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Robinson met with Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum – daughter of the Sheikh, who has attracted international concern over her welfare when she made a video alleging she had been imprisoned, tortured, had tried to escape, and had not been seen in public for several months. Princess Haya spoke with Marian on 05 January 2019. Source: Dubai royal defends visit from Mary Robinson over Sheikha Latifa The Marian Finucane Show | RTÉ Radio 1 | January 5, 2019
21:22 01/05/2019
Toby Cadman on Shocking Comments from Mary Robinson
Dubai princess Sheikha Latifa's lawyer Toby Cadman was "astounded" and "disappointed" at ex-Irish President Mary Robinson's comments about her that she was a "troubled woman". Source:  Toby Cadman responds to comments made by Mary Robinson Today | BBC Radio 4 | December 28, 2018
06:10 12/28/2018
David Haigh on the Sheikha Latifa and Mary Robinson Photos
Source: David Haigh interviewed The World Tonight | BBC Radio 4 | December 27, 2018
06:45 12/27/2018
Mary Robinson’s Involvement in Sheikha Latifa Photo Release
Ex-Irish President Mary Robinson is questioned about her involvement in Sheikha Latifa photographs. Source: Mary Robinson is asked about Sheikha Latifa Today | BBC Radio 4 | December 27, 2018
06:03 12/27/2018
Escaping Dubai With a Princess
Earlier this year a princess from Dubai, Latifa, tried to escape and start a new life abroad, away from her father, the ruler. Her best friend Tiina Jauhiainen tried to help her but Latifa was caught on a boat, and hasn't been seen since. Source: Escaping Dubai with a Princess Outlook | BBC World Service | December 12, 2018
22:56 12/12/2018
Where is Dubai’s Missing Princess?
In February this year, Princess Latifa, the 32 year-old daughter of the ruler of Dubai, boarded a boat and set sail for India with a plan to start a new life in America. But within days her boat was stormed by Indian commandos - she was captured and presumably returned to Dubai. No one has heard from her since. Matthew Price speaks to her best friend Tiina Jauhiainen, who helped her escape. Source: Where is Dubai’s missing Princess? Beyond Today | BBC Radio 4 | December 7, 2018
24:56 12/07/2018
How I Tried to Help a Dubai Princess Escape
Earlier this year, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, daughter of Dubai’s ruler, left her country and set sail for India with her friend Tiina Jauhiainen. They planned to fly to America for a new life, but 30 miles from the Indian coast she was seized. She hasn’t been seen since. Tiina joins Jenni to tell the story of the planned escape ahead of tonight's BBC Two documentary about the case. Source: How I tried to help a Dubai princess escape Woman's Hour | BBC Radio 4 | December 6, 2018
08:45 12/06/2018
The Abduction of Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum of Dubai
Human Rights Watch urged authorities in Dubai to reveal the whereabouts of a daughter of the ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum was reportedly abducted while fleeing her father's control and has not been seen since. Tiina Jauhiainen, who witnessed the events off the shore of India, is interviewed. Newshour | BBC World Service | May 5, 2018
09:13 05/05/2018