What Has Happened & When?
Below is a timeline detailing when important events happened in the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Sheikha Latifa Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum
At it’s very heart, this is the timeline of a young woman’s yearning to live in liberty and freedom, away from her controlling family. The story of her brave attempt to escape to the West; and the sadness and mystery that her whereabouts and her wellbeing, are currently unknown.
24th February 2018
Princess Latifa of Dubai boards the US-registered yacht, the Nostromo, in her attempt to escape her father, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates.
The Princess is aboard the yacht with US-French citizen Herve Jaubert, her friend Tiina Jauhiainen and 3 Filipino crew. The plan is to sail to Goa, India then travel to Mumbai ahead of a flight to the United States where Latifa intends to claim political asylum.
However, the Princess is in fear of her life and concerned that, not only will authorities in the UAE acting on her fathers orders stop at nothing to capture and return her to Dubai, but the Indian authorities too will try to intercept her movements.
26th February 2018
French national Christian Elombo arrested and detained in Muscat, Oman for assisting Sheikha Latifa’s leave Dubai
Princess Latifa contacts Radha Stirling, the CEO of Detained In Dubai to ask for assistance. She explains her reasons for fleeing the UAE in her email, which can be viewed here.
The Detained In Dubai team after reading the email claiming to be from Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum are sceptical, and suspect the message may be a hoax. However, the Princess follows up her original contact by sending photographs of her personal identification documents, including her UAE passport, to verify who she is.
These photographs can be viewed here.
4th March 2018
At 18.24GMT, Radha Stirling received a WhatsApp voice call from Princess Latifa. The Princess was panicking and described how the Nostromo was under attack with men attempting to board. She said she was hiding with her friend and had heard a number of gunshots.
The voice call was an SOS call indicating the yacht was being subjected to a hostile takeover and subsequently there has been no contact from Latifa.
5th March 2018
Following the events of the previous evening, and with no further contact from Princess Latifa, Radha Stirling wrote to the Metropolitan Police in London. The purpose of the letter was to report both the Princess and Herve Jaubert missing so that inquiries could commence.
The full letter can be viewed here.
9th March 2018
Daily Mail broke the story and release part of Latifa’s video. See the article below:
14th March 2018
Detained In Dubai, in it’s capacity as representatives for Princess Latifa and her companions, instructed Toby Cadman, a leading Human Rights Barrister with Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers in London to raise the situation with the United Nations.
During a panel discussion on the side-lines of the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland Mr Cadman spoke of the Princess’ plight.
Mr Cadman’s speech can be seen here.
18th March 2018
With no information on the whereabouts of either the Nostromo or it’s occupants for 2 weeks, Radha Stirling contacted the Indian Coastguard to enquire as to if they had opened an investigation as per their obligations under International Law, into the reports of the disappearance of the yacht.
The email sent to them can be viewed here.
19th March 2018
Jauhiainen Family from Finland appeal for information relating to whereabouts of missing Tiina Jauhiainen confirmed missing from same yacht as Sheikha Latifa & Hervé Jaubert.
The full press release can be viewed here:
20th March 2018
After 16 days with no indication of the location of the Nostromo, the mystery grew. However ,the reactivation of the tracking signal on 20 March 2018 provided the precise location.
The Nostromo was in port, but not just any port…
The tracker revealed the yacht was moored in the UAE naval port in Fujairah, one of the emirates of the UAE. This was despite the UAE authorities denying any knowledge of it’s whereabouts.
The precise tracking location can be viewed here.
Captain of Latifa’s yacht Nostromo Herve Jaubert and 3 Filipino crew members were released by the UAE without any charges after being detained for nearly two weeks in a UAE secret prison.
22nd March 2018
Latifa’s friend, Finnish national Tiina Jauhiainen released by the UAE without charge after being held in a secret prison for nearly two weeks.
5th April 2018
Christian Elombo released from Muscat Oman and travels to Luxembourg.
6th April 2018
Christian Elombo detained in Luxembourg on Interpol request of the UAE for assisting Sheikha Latifa leave Dubai
14th April 2018
Lawyers acting on Latifa’s case ; Toby Cadman, David Haigh and Radha Stirling CEO Detained in Dubai hold a press conference in London on the attack of Nostromo and Kidnap of Latifa Al Maktoum, Tiina Jauhiainen, Herve Jaubert and three crew members.
2nd May 2018
The UN working group for enforced disappearances transmitted an urgent communication to the government of UAE and government of India
4th May 2018
BBC2s, respected award-winning current affairs show News night covers Latifa Al Maktoum’s case after its recording of the press conference in April 2018.
5th May 2018
Leading International Human rights Charity Human Rights Watch backs FreeLatifa Campaign and urges Dubai to clarify the status of Latifa Al Maktoum. In a statement HRW said Dubai authorities must reveal her whereabouts and clarify her legal status
8th May 2018
The Finnish minister of foreign affairs backs Latifa’s story on his public statement
17th May 2018
Christian Elombo released Luxembourg as UAE drops Interpol case for involvement in Princess Latifa escape
18th July 2018
Award winning Australian TV show CBS 60 Minutes dedicated full hour-long episode to Princess Latifa and her team of supporters
4th September 2018
The leading international human rights charity Amnesty International calls for release of Latifa Al Maktoum
14th September 2018
Toby Cadman, Head of Chambers at Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, along with Radha Stirling and David Haigh of ‘Detained in Dubai’, addressed the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance (WGEID), again highlighting the case of Sheikha Latifa and her ongoing disappearance.