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12:00 AM, February 17, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:14 AM, February 17, 2021

‘Captive’ Dubai princess says she fears for her life

The daughter of Dubai's ruler says she is being held captive and fears for her life after a foiled attempt to flee the emirate, according to new footage aired by the BBC on. 

Sheikha Latifa has not been seen in public since an attempted escape by sea in March 2018. She is seen crouched in a corner of what she says is a bathroom, in clips that the BBC said were filmed around a year after she was captured and returned.

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"I'm a hostage and this villa has been converted into a jail," she says in one cellphone video.

"There's five policemen outside and two policewomen inside the house. Every day I am worried about my safety and my life."

In another video, Latifa says her situation is "getting more desperate every day".

"I don't want to be a hostage in this jail villa. I just want to be free."

The BBC released the video excerpts ahead of their full broadcast later Tuesday in its investigative news programme "Panorama".

The Dubai authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Latifa's father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, is vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a constituent.

The undated videos were broadcast as Latifa's friends voiced concern that secret messages from her have stopped coming, the BBC said.

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