the princesses who wanted to escape from their golden prison in the United Arab Emirates into the cyber surveillance networks

By Madjid Zerrouky

Published July 21, 2021 at 6:29 p.m. – Updated July 28, 2021 at 11:25 a.m

She had never been so close to freedom as on that night in February 2018… That evening, Princess Latifa Al-Maktoum, then 32 years old, daughter of Mohammed Ben Rachid Al-Maktoum, the Emir of Dubai, came very close to her goal near, sri lanka, on board the nostromo, an American-flagged two-master normally chartered for luxury cruises in South Asia.

For this young woman, Dubai is a golden prison. Latifa says she suffers from a life there dictated by the ministries of her autocratic father. Tired of this gilded but idle existence, frustrated that she cannot travel abroad or study medicine as she dreams, she has decided to run away. “There is no justice here. Especially if you are a woman. My dad only cares about his reputation. He’s willing to kill people to protect them.” she explains in a video that she sends to her friends.

Three years looking for the error

On board of Sailing boat, the passengers have gone to bed when noises are heard and a wave shakes the hull. As India approached off the coast of Goa, a helicopter-based commando of the Indian Navy’s special forces – escorted by Emirati nationals – stormed the boat with smoke bombs, while in the sky a plane was jamming communications.

“We were sleeping in our cabins when we heard gunshots. Full of fear we fled to the toilets. Then we were forced to go on deck because the smoke was choking us. As we walked up the stairs, laser sighted guns were pointed at us, tells in April 2018 Tiina Jauhiainen, the Finnish friend of Latifa Al-Maktoum, her capoeira teacher. I was thrown to the ground and handcuffed, then they dragged me to the edge of the boat, brought my face close to the surface of the water and told me, ‘Close your eyes, take one last deep breath, we’ll get your brains out blow away.” »

A few meters away, Princess Latifa begs her captors one last time: “Shoot me here, but don’t bring me back” as soldiers pull her out of the boat. The skipper, a Frenchman, Hervé Jaubert, a former member of the DGSE, was brought back to the Emirates where he was detained for a month. The princess disappears. Latifa Al-Maktoum, who had saved $300,000 for her escape project, hired the Frenchman because the businessman had managed to flee the emirate himself after clashes with local authorities. He was accused of embezzlement – ​​which he denies.

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