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'I don't care if you die': Dubai ruler slams runaway wife in Instagram poem

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum blasted his wife in an angry poem on Instagram as rumours of her escaping his abuse to Germany with her children began to circulate.

Multiple reports are being investigated that Princess Haya has fled the Emirates and sought asylum. 

In an Instagram post, al-Maktoum, known for his poetry, wrote a furious poem titled "You Live And Die", thought to be an attempt to condemn the princess for leaving him.

“Some mistakes are known as betrayal, and you have trangressed and betrayed”, the poem begins.

“You traitor, you betrayed the most precious trust, you exposed your games and nature,” he adds in the piece.

The royal then continues to accuse his wife of lying, suggesting the claim was backed by evidence. 

“You no longer have a place within me, go to who has kept you occupied ”, he wrote, ending with "I do not care whether you live or die".

While the subject behind the poem was not disclosed by al-Maktoum, the tone suggests it was addressed to a woman who had betrayed him.

Runaway Haya

The poem was posted on Instagram just a day after Legal advocacy group Detained in Dubai said on Friday that Princess Haya had fled her abusive husband.

The group’s CEO, Radha Stirling, said they have received reports from sources close to the Jordanian and Emirati governments, that indicate the Emirati princess has escaped to Germany.

“We cannot comment on the veracity of these reports, but such an event would clearly represent a powerful indictment against the UAE and against Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid personally, as well as have potentially dramatic repercussions on the relationships between the countries involved,” Stirling saidin a statement.

The princess fled with her son Zayed, 7, and daughter Al Jalila, 11, and are allegedly seeking to eventually move to London, according to The Daily Beast.

 

Rumours of Haya’s escape were first aired by website Emirates Leaks on June 23, which alleged she fled with the help of a German diplomat.

German authorities have not confirmed any of the claims.

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, 45, is the daughter of Jordan’s late king and the sister of current King Abdullah. She married into the Al Maktoum dynasty in 2004.

Sheikh Mohammed is ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the UAE, as well as being among the world’s wealthiest individuals.

Stirling said the rumours raise “serious questions” about what may have caused her to flee, adding it indicates her life was in danger.

Runaway daughter

Sheikh Mohammed’s daughter, Latifa, allegedly attempted to flee the kingdom in a high-profile saga in April 2018, after releasing a video detailing years of horrific abuse and torture she suffered at the hands of her father and the Emirati authorities.

Latifa’s friends and supporters say commandos stormed a boat she was using to flee to India.

Latifa has been seen only once since, in a photo with former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson who visited the Al Maktoum family residence in December 2018, which critics called a PR stunt.

Princess Haya also appeared in the photo op, which Stirling says “damaged [her] standing in the human rights community”.

“While we cannot speculate, Haya undoubtedly has witnessed, or experienced firsthand, the types of mistreatment alleged by Latifa, and decided to get out,” Stirling added.

She also said that strong economic ties between UAE and Jordan may have prevented Haya from fleeing to her home country, which would have put pressure on her brother to send her back to the UAE.

Various dispatches over recent years point to the extent of torture and human rights abuse in the wealthy Gulf kingdom. 

Women from neighbouring Saudi Arabia have been making high-profile appeals for asylum in recent months, the latest being sisters Dua and Dalal who fled to Turkey earlier this month after escaping alleged rape, forced marriage and abuse from their relatives.

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