October 19, 2021

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In Dubai, Princess Latifa targets Pegasus spyware

Latifa Bint Mohammed Al Maktoum is the daughter of the Emir of Dubai. Three years ago, he tried to escape from the city-state. At the same time, according to project Pegasus, his mobile number was selected as a potential target for Pegasus spyware created by the Israeli company NSO.

Deserving leak to James Bond

The Emir of Dubai, Princess Latifa, 32, daughter of Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum On February 24, 2018, he made headlines as he tried to leave the United Arab Emirates., With her best friend Tina Jahianinen, a Finnish gymnastics teacher. On that day, the two women drop their cell phones into the toilets of a hotel, and before a French businessman, Hervவ் Jabert, a former member of the DGSE, joins them, they leave the country according to a deserving circumstance. ‘A James Bond.

They first go to Oman, in an Audi Q7, which may have been hidden in a vehicle while crossing the Latifa border, thus not being approved by customs officials. The small group was then joined by a second man, a French sports coach Christian Elompo, with whom the group would climb into the Jeep Wrangler, which would attract a canoe. Arrive at a beach in Oman and in the rough sea, everyone will join the boat Nostromo. They make part of the trip by canoe, then take them on by Hervவ் Jobert and a team member Jet Sky. Christian Elombo will bring the canoe back to the beach. At the request of the United Arab Emirates, he will soon be arrested and then imprisoned in the Sultanate of Oman, where he will be imprisoned for a month before being deported to Luxembourg.

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A commando and helicopters

Latifa’s run will be short-lived. He initially hoped to reach the shores of Sri Lanka to seek asylum in the United States, but bad weather prevented him from doing so. He was arrested on March 4, 2018, as he approached Indian territorial waters, during a joint operation by India and the Emirates. The escapees were first summoned from a ship, while an Emirati plane flew over them. Then, at night, a commando of the Indian Special Forces, backed by helicopters and Emirati soldiers, boarded the ship and fired smoke bombs in support.

Herv Jabert will be brought back to Earth and imprisoned in the Emirates until March 20. He will then immigrate to the United States. But Latifa disappears. From this episode, she will only have one photo taken on December 15, 2018. We see her in the company of Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Princess Latifa and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson in Dubai on December 24, 2018

Credit: STRINGER / AFP / WAM

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Hostages

On February 16, 2021, in a video secretly aired by the BBC, the princess calls for help. He says he is being held hostage in a villa guarded by police officers.

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In the coming weeks, the Emir of Dubai maintains that his daughter is well, while the UN demands proof of life. It is necessary to wait until May 20 for new photos to appear on social networks. In front of a cinema in the Dubai Mall, we see Latifa on the terrace of a hotel with her friend Zionet Taylor, who teaches mathematics at the Princess-funded school for young girls in Dubai.

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More photos of her, half-covered face, coming along with smiling friends. One of them will be posted by a woman named Fiona Day who introduces herself as a psychiatrist and animal healer. We can read in the title: “I am having dinner with my good friend Latdeepa “. Evidence that the princess is now living a new peaceful life is not known whether these films are a communication move aimed at giving transformation to the international media.

But the federation that created it Prohibited stories, Part of which is Radio France’s investigative unit, which was able to establish that the day after he flew, in 2018, the princess ‘phone number and the phone number of some of her relatives were selected among Pegasus’ targets. United Arab Emirates.

When he left the country, Latifa’s phone was missing. But on the boat she was on, there were two in addition to the satellite internet connection that Herv ஜா Jobert thought was safe. Latifa is said to have made phone calls to her mother and her friend Zionist Taylor. He would have used smartphones to send emails, communicate on Instagram and send WhatsApp messages.

His target entourage

The NSO’s Emirati operator listed all his entourage numbers in the Pegasus. He specifically targeted the phone numbers of Zionist Taylor, the phone numbers of Juan Meyer, a parachute teacher and friend of the princess, and Linda Pachiki, the event organizer who was the princess’ official companion. Was spyware a tool in locating the boat? It is impossible to say. On the other hand, it has been established that all of these numbers actually entered during the period we are trying to find.

According to a source close to the NSO, the company may have terminated its contract with Dubai in early 2021. The use of Pegasus against the princess may have been a factor that led to this conclusion. In the meantime, has the young woman’s life returned to normal?

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On June 20, a new photo posted on Zionist Taylor’s Instagram account shows two women at the Madrid airport. It is titled: “Best holiday in Europe with Latifa. We’re having fun. “.

In collaboration with Fiona Mogadamu