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David Haigh ‘Detained in Dubai’ claims to have met missing girl Sheikha Latifa

Refuting the question GoaChronicle.com raised in its article ‘Dubai Princess Sheikha Latifa – Missing in Goa or in Dubai’, David Haigh, Partner at Stirling Haigh Law Firm and Detained in Dubai claims to have met Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed daughter of the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

In a tweet to the Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Savio Rodrigues, David Haigh states, “I met her. She was the friend of various of my friends including my PA. this was back I’m 2008 and on. We have also confirmed this with numerous third parties. Several very famous. It’s real. Now what do you say?”

David Haigh is the former MD of Leeds United Football Club who claimed to be a victim of torture at the hands of Dubai Police.

But the Arabian Business online portal in its article, “The curious case of David Haigh’ refuted his claims and stated the following, “On 18 May, this year (2014), Dubai Police announced that Haigh had been arrested at GFH Capital’s offices in Dubai after he returned to the emirate to discuss a potential job opportunity, having parted ways with the company in April earlier that year.

Official news agency WAM declared that GFH Capital had filed a lawsuit against Haigh for embezzling $6.45m, claiming the company had discovered irregularities when it conducted its annual internal accounting audit.

Early on, Haigh denied the allegations and a few weeks ago, in a retaliatory legal move, he apparently filed a legal bid in a London court claiming for losses sustained as a result of his arrest and incarceration in Dubai, a claim which is expected to be worth millions of pounds. Haigh said: “I have been wrongly and unscrupulously held in jail for almost five months on false pretences. This is wrong and an abuse of my human rights.”

Haigh is now championing the cause of Human Rights violations from UK through the initiative ‘Detained in Dubai’.

The UK-based agency “Detained in Dubai” has sent a missing report to agencies in the US, UK and India, but they say that they have not heard anything from India.

They claim the story began on February 26, when Latifa contacted Detained in Dubai, a legal firm working for those with problems in the UAE. In an email to the company, she claimed she had been tortured and wanted help.

Radha Stirling, who works with Detained in Dubai, told media that the group was initially cautious and tried to verify her identity. “The email ID was confirmed by her friend and mutual contacts including a solicitor in Britain,” she said.

Latifa said she had escaped from Dubai, where she had been tortured and imprisoned for supporting a sibling who had also run away.

Herve Jaubert, a US-based French author who helped in the escape, told Detained in Dubai that they planned to fly to the US on March 5 from India but were unsure of how Indian authorities would welcome them.

The company believes the two escaped by boat. “Both were concerned that the Indian authorities would simply notify the UAE of their whereabouts and turn them in immediately,” said Stirling.

On Sunday when Stirling received messages from Latifa. “She said ‘Radha, please help me, there are men outside’ and she said she heard gunshots.” As Stirling asked her to record it, the princess never texted her back. When Detained in Dubai got in touch with Latifa’s US-based lawyer on Tuesday, he released a video statement by her, as was instructed in case of her death or disappearance. The video shows her talking about her mistreatment by her father, the Prime Minister.

GoaChronicle.com has raised the question on the presence of Sheikha Latifa Bint Mohammed being present at the Dubai Media Camp during the alleged disappearance claims made by Detained in Dubai.

In its article https://goachronicle.com/dubai-princess-sheikha-latifa-missing-in-goa-or-in-dubai/, we are raising a question about the veracity of the girl in the video claiming to be the daughter of Sheikh Mohammad.

GoaChronicle.com would also like to openly state that if David Haigh can prove beyond reasonable doubt through evidence that the girl in the video is indeed Sheikha Latifa, then we will join David Haigh in the fight for justice.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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