Acting as Sheikha Latifa Al Maktoum’s legal representatives, Detained in Dubai and Captain Hervé Jaubert have instructed internationally renowned barrister John Cooper QC of 25 Bedford Row to advise in their ongoing case with the United Nations on behalf of the Dubai princess, with accomplished UK barrister Matthew Heywood of 1 Crown Office Row acting as Junior Counsel.
“John Cooper has the background, knowledge, and unparalleled skill that uniquely qualifies him to advance the case of Princess Latifa at the UN,” said Detained in Dubai CEO Radha Stirling, “We have been dissatisfied with the progress of the inquiry into her abduction and apparent detention in the UAE, and we are immensely glad to have John and Matthew come aboard to assist in this effort.
Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained In Dubai. The organisation has been at the forefront of the fight to save Latifa.
Matthew Heywood added: “I’m extremely pleased to be helping John and Radha on this case. The outcome can either advance the cause of women in the region, or set it back hundreds of years. I'm confident the outcome will be positive for both Latifa and the UAE.”
Sheikha Latifa is the daughter of the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; she escaped the UAE last year in a bid for asylum in the US, only to be captured days later in a joint military operation by the Emirates and India. Her step-mother, Princess Haya bint Hussein, who helped coordinate a staged media event last December with Latifa and former Irish President Mary Robinson to allay fears about Latifa’s wellbeing, has herself fled the UAE and is currently engaged in a custody battle in British courts over her two children with Sheikh Mohammed.