Ms Latifa had escaped earlier this 12 months alleging that her father, the Prime Minister of UAE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Saeed Al Maktoum, was torturing her and maintaining her in confinement.
62-year-old Herve Jaubert, who’s now an American nationwide, says that on March four after they have been about to achieve India by way of the Goa coast, the Indian coast guard surrounded them and went on to assault them earlier than handing them over to officers from the UAE.
“I noticed an Indian navy aircraft and warships in every single place,” he stated describing what occurred throughout the escape bid, in an interview to NDTV from London.
Mr Jaubert and the princess have been accompanied by a crew of 4 others on his yacht Nostromo which is registered within the US. Apparently, the princess had been in contact with him since 2010 as a result of he had additionally made his escape from Dubai after falling out with native authorities in 2008.
By the way, even at the moment, Mr Jaubert who give up the French secret service in 1993, had taken a ship to Mumbai however this time issues took an unsightly flip.
“It was pure assault by India. It was army type. It was brutal,” he stated. “I used to be crushed, the crew crushed after we anchored. It was torture. I had blood from my head, I nonetheless have accidents. I assumed I used to be going to die!”
Responding to NDTV about how he was certain that India was behind the assault after they have been taken again to UAE from there, he stated that he noticed the Indian signal on the ships and a ship numbered 11.
“We’ve digital proof about India’s position which we will likely be presenting on the proper time.” Princess Latifa and I had visas for India, he stated, and deliberate to fly to the US from Goa on March 5.
The crew and Princess Latifa have been then taken again to the UAE the place they have been jailed for 2 weeks earlier than being let go. “I don’t know about her security or how she is,” stated Mr Jaubert.
India’s overseas ministry and the coast guard have to date not spoken about these allegations. Diplomats nonetheless level out that they aren’t stunned.
Former envoy to the UAE Talmiz Ahmed advised NDTV that India was proper in sending the princess again. “Whether or not they had a visa or not, that route shouldn’t be applicable. So, India’s motion is right.” When requested in regards to the alleged bodily violence, he stated they have been “unfastened remarks about which there was no proof”.