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Ciara O’Loughlin

Former Irish President Mary Robinson said she made “a big mistake” in the case of the missing Princess Latifa Al Maktoum, who accused her father of holding her hostage.

Ms. Robinson was photographed with the daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, having lunch with his royal family in 2018.

However, a recent BBC panorama received footage of video messages sent by the Princess, where she said she was being held as a “hostage” in a “villa prison”.

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Robinson, will appear on RTÉ’s The Late Late Show tonight, to improve the record.

“I made a mistake. I let my heart run my head. I went to help a friend. I was naive. I should have been more vigilant,” sa Good morning Ms. Robinson in a clip released before the show.

She said it was the biggest mistake she’d made and it was “hurtful” to realize how big the mistake was.

“Well that’s all I can say, and it hurts me when I realize I’ve made a big mistake. I’ve made mistakes before and that’s the biggest. I hope I will never be in this situation again. “

Princess Latifa has not been seen in public for over two years and the United Nations has asked the UAE for evidence that she is still alive.

Ms. Robinson said “100 percent believe Latifa now” and that she needs political support to be liberated.

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“I got in touch with Simon Coveney and he said we are now on the (UN) Security Council, but before that contact was made with our ambassador in Geneva to support the High Commissioner,” said them.

When asked if countries need to intervene, Devin Kenny, Amnesty’s UAE researcher, said, “Yes, of course, the UK government and especially the US government, but also other governments in Europe, including the Irish government , have amicable relations with the UAE and sometimes personal amicable relations with Sheikh Mohammed.

Mr. Kenny said it was an “absolute minimum” for countries to raise human rights issues in the UAE.




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