New photos appear to show Dubai ruler's daughter

New photographs have emerged on Instagram of the daughter of Dubai's ruler - Princess Sheikha Latifa.

If verified, they would mark one of the first times she's been seen in public since she tried to escape her father's control in 2018.

That's when Latifa was captured off the coast of India by special forces and taken back to Dubai.

Since then, Latifa and her supporters claim she has been held against her will on the orders of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum - the ruler of Dubai and a vice-president of the United Arab Emirates.

The sheik and the UAE categorically deny the accusations.

Last month, UN rights experts demanded that the UAE show proof of life for Latifa after the BBC aired a video message in which she said she was being held in a barricaded villa.

A source close to campaigners who have lobbied for her release said that the two pictures, posted on the Instagram account of Sioned Taylor, were genuine.

They show her outside a movie theatre in a Dubai mall.

Princess Latifa's stepmother fled to London in 2019 with her two children.

She said that she feared that the children would be abducted like their half-sisters.

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