The disturbing saga engulfing the royal family of Dubai has taken another incredible twist. Princess Latifa, the 35-year-old daughter of the Emirates’ ruler Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum, who claims she is being held hostage by her father, has managed to smuggle secret video diaries out of her palace prison. In the recordings she describes the hell she’s endured since attempting – but failing – to flee Dubai almost four years ago. Tom Steinfort, whose multiple reports for 60 MINUTES about the princess have received international attention, says Latifa’s videos are a positive development because they reveal proof of life. They also add weight to efforts by the United Nations seeking clarification from Dubai about her welfare. Despite these encouraging signs though, Latifa’s supporters remain concerned that her latest attempt to draw attention to her plight may have exposed her to dangerous repercussions.

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