The capture of Dubai & # 39; s & # 39; runaway princess & # 39; Latifa Maktoum from a boat off the coast of India was illegal, says an American lawyer
The top human rights lawyer Lisa Bloom today demanded the capture of & # 39; runaway princess & # 39; Latifa Maktoum was illegal and her case had to be heard in a US court.
The daughter of the billionaire ruler of Dubai is said to have been detained after he fled the country last year and seized by the forces off the coast of India.
Ms. Bloom, a prominent American lawyer, believes that her arrest of a US registered yacht in international waters was a crime and that those responsible in America should be tried.
The lawyer told MailOnline that she is determined to find out what happened to the princess.
& # 39; This is a huge case of civil rights and concerns a woman being held against her will by a powerful man.
& # 39; What makes this more difficult is that human rights are trampled in full view. I want to do everything to secure the release of Princess Latifa so that she has the right to live her life the way she wants. & # 39;
Princess Latifa, daughter of the billionaire ruler of Dubai (pictured with a friend), was reportedly arrested after he fled the country last year and seized by forces off the coast of India.
Latifa (pictured with friends on photos & # 39; s made in 2017) fled the country last year and claimed to have been tortured, detained in solitary confinement, threatened with death from previous escapes
She continued: & # 39; The Princess was on a US registered yacht, with an American flag and driven by an American citizen. Those on the yacht heard Latifa shout that she was seeking political asylum before she was imprisoned. That is a clear crime since it happened in international waters.
& # 39; One of the legal steps we have is to submit this to a US court and see if they have jurisdiction. & # 39;
Lisa Bloom, a prominent US lawyer, believes that the arrest of Latifa on a US registered yacht in international waters was a criminal act and that those responsible in the US should be tried
Ms Bloom's involvement increases the commitment of Latifa & # 39; s friends and human rights organizations to find out if she is being held against her will in the Arab kingdom.
It comes as new photos of Latifa from 2017, released by her friends on the occasion of the first anniversary of her failed escape bid.
The princess was seized by commanders who supposedly acted on behalf of her father when she tried to flee the United Arab Emirates to start a new life.
She was forcibly removed from a yacht and returned to Dubai, where she was only seen once in a stage-led meeting with Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Human rights groups claim that Latifa is being held against her will and afraid that she has been drugged to prevent her from speaking out or trying to leave.
The princess recorded a video explaining why she had fled under the iron grip of her father Sheikh Rashid Maktoum in the event that she did not escape.
Ms Bloom's involvement increases the commitment of Latifa & # 39; s friends and human rights organizations to find out if she is being held against her will in the Arab kingdom
The princess (pictured a year before her bid for freedom) was grabbed by commandos who allegedly acted on her father's orders while trying to flee the UAE to start a new life abroad
After successfully leaving Dubai on a US-registered yacht (Nostromo, Princess Latifa, a popular skydiver), she was captured off the coast of India and returned to Dubai
During the 40-minute video, she claimed that she had been tortured, detained in solitary confinement, threatened with death, and drugged during earlier escape attempts.
After successfully leaving Dubai on a Nostromo yacht registered in the United States, she was imprisoned off the coast of India and returned to Dubai.
Latifa enlisted the help of the former French spy Herve Jaubert to help with the escape, but he no longer works with the campaign to free her.
Despite pressure from the United Nations and human rights organizations, the ruler of Dubai refused to talk about her escape.
After nine months of silence, a photo of Latifa with Mrs. Robinson was released in December with the former Irish Prime Minister, who said the princess was a young woman in difficulty.
The photo moment was attacked by the friends of Latifa and the NGO Detained International who campaigned to secure her release.
They said it was being staged with the princess not to speak.
Los Angeles-based lawyer Bloom has joined Detained International in seeking answers to Latifa's kidnapping of the US yacht.
Bloom, a famous figure on American television as a commentator on civil and human rights issues, said she was appalled that so many people are still going to Dubai and calling on tourists to boycott the country.
& # 39; They have serious human rights issues and I would like to see a boycott, & # 39; she said.
Los Angeles-based lawyer Bloom has joined Detained International in seeking answers to Latifa's kidnapping of the US yacht
& Sheikh Maktoum must be avoided by other world leaders until we know what happened to his daughter.
& # 39; | I want to do everything I can to help the princess. She hoped to come to America where it is certain that she would have been granted asylum. & # 39;
David Haigh, from the Detained International, said he was happy that a prominent lawyer had joined the fight to secure the release of Latifa.
He said: & # 39; We are very happy that Lisa and The Bloom Firm have agreed to compete for Latifa. She was our first lawyer nearly a year ago when we focused on the US. & # 39;