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STIRLING HAIGH JOINS LEADING HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER IN TERMINATING ITS REPRESENTATION OF HERVE JAUBERT

Stirling Haigh confirms that it has terminated its relationship with Mr Hervé Jaubert with immediate effect. The termination of services and withdrawal of support for Mr Jaubert follows leading international Human rights lawyer Mr Toby Cadman of Guernica Chambers, who represented Mr Jaubert for the past year, also terminating representation of Mr Jaubert earlier in the year.

David Haigh, managing director of Stirling Haigh who has been assisting Princess Latifa since early 2018 said “following the resignation of Mr Cadman of Guernica Chambers as the head of the legal team for Mr Jaubert, we considered the evidence provided by them and instigated a full review of information provided by Mr Jaubert. We came to the conclusion we could no longer support, or be associated with, Hervé Jaubert”.

About Stirling Haigh:

Stirling Haigh is an international legal consultancy, crisis manager and strategic advisory firm focusing on Dubai, UAE and the wider Middle East. Following its formation in 2016 by human rights lawyer David Haigh, Stirling Haigh rapidly became Dubai’s most prominent civil and criminal legal specialist, leading to it working on behalf of members of the UAE ruling family including Princess Latifa Al Maktoum, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai and Vice President and Prime Minster of the UAE.

FREE LATIFA CAMPAIGN JOINS LEADING HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER IN TERMINATING SUPPORT FOR HERVE JAUBERT

The official campaign to free Princess Latifa Al Maktoum has confirmed that it has terminated its relationship with, and support for, Mr Hervé Jaubert with immediate effect. The termination of support follows leading international Human rights lawyer Mr. Toby Cadman of Guernica Chambers, who represented Mr Jaubert for the past year, also terminating his services, and Stirling Haigh who had also represented Mr Jaubert for the past year terminating its services.

Tiina Jauhiainen, campaign director of Free Latifa and Princess Latifa’s best friend said “We no longer wish to have any association with Hervé Jaubert.”

Ms Jauhiainen continued “Latifa was aware that Mr Jaubert was not assisting her for any reason other than his own financial gain, however, the information that has now come to light would shock Latifa as it has shocked me.”

“Neither I, nor the campaign, support Mr Jaubert’s attempts to further benefit from Latifa’s bid for freedom, financially or otherwise. Specifically, we do not support Mr Jaubert’s website www.princesslatifa.com, nor the proposed book that, in our opinion, wrongly paints the picture of Mr Jaubert as a hero.”

“Mr Jaubert is now seemingly claiming to represent Latifa, nothing could be further from the truth, nor further than what Latifa wants. To be clear Latifa appointed David Haigh and myself in writing, and both of us continue to help her since she was taken”

David Haigh concluded “I would urge any media outlet, publisher or other provider of information not to assist Mr Jaubert in destroying Latifa’s chances of freedom any further.”

 

About Free Latifa:

The Free Latifa Campaign is run by Latifa’s best friend Tiina Jauhiainen and human rights lawyer and campaigner David Haigh with the support of not for profit legal advocacy NGO Detained International and Stirling Haigh. Updates on the campaign can be found on www.freelatifa.com

Contact Name
Tiina Jauhiainen and David Haigh

Campaign to Free Latifa
Email: latifa@freelatifa.com
Telephone: + 44 (0) 203 868 9995
Twitter: @freelatifa
Facebook: @freelatifa
Instagram: @freelatifa

Times newspaper claim UN warned Dubai over kidnap of Princess Latifa

London, UK: 15 March 2019.
The UN warned Dubai’s ruling family that it intended to publicize concerns that Princess Latifa may have been killed days before photographs of her with Mary Robinson surfaced, claims the Times newspaper today.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, daughter of Dubai’s ruler, tried to flee in March last year, claiming that she had suffered years of abuse at the hands of her family.

Nine days before Mary Robinson was pictured with Princess Latifa in the first evidence Latifa was still alive, the UN warned Dubai it was about to go public over her disappearance. The UN working group on enforced and Involuntary dissonances made it clear – they thought the princess was dead and wanted answers.

The announcement follows Latifa’s lawyer and representative David Haigh and Tiina Jauhiainen together with leading human rights barrister Toby Cadman filing a UN complaint with the UN working group in April 2018.

The Times reported “Human rights groups [including Detained International] had described Mrs. Robinson, also a former UN high commissioner for human rights, as a “willing pawn” for the family that rules the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after she claimed that Sheikha Latifa was a “troubled young woman” who needed psychiatric help. Correspondence seen by The Times shows that the UN’s working group on enforced or involuntary disappearances wrote to Dubai’s ruling family on December 6 with information it had received about Sheikha Latifa.”

Princess Latifa’s lawyer, Stirling Haigh and Detained International founder David Haigh said “We are thankful to the UN working group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances for taking the case of Princess Latifa and supporting her, it is thanks in part to their work and the media attention that the UAE were forced to take the unprecedented step of confirming it had abducted Latifa” Haigh continued “now that we know Princess Latifa is alive, we are all focused, with Amnesty and Human Rights Watch and millions of supporters around the world on securing her freedom”

Read the full article by Peter O’Dwyer.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/e7899f0c-444a-11e9-924d-9729bcd51a7f

 

About Free Latifa: The Free Latifa Campaign is run by Latifa’s best friend Tiina Jauhiainen and human rights lawyer and campaigner David Haigh with the support of Detained International and Stirling Haigh. Tiina Jauhiainen and David Haigh were appointed by Princess Latifa in 2018 as her sole representatives. Updates on the campaign to free Latifa can be found on the campaign website www.freelatifa.com

NBC News – Lester Holt features Princess Latifa story

The respected US TV news show NBC Tonight with Lester Holt, featured the story of Princess Latifa. The NBC team travelled to Cornwall to meet with Tiina Jauhiainen and David Haigh and filmed the Free Latifa campaign at work.

The NBC news piece, titled “This Princess has been missing for over a year” aired on the Lester Holt new show and is now available of n the NBC news app.

Tiina Jauhiainen spoke to NBC’s Matt Bradley after the first anniversary of the escape.

Princess Latifa’s lawyer at Stirling Haigh and Detained International, David Haigh said “We want to thank NBC for the considerable time they put into bringing the story of our friend and client Princess Latifa to the their viewers. Every day more and more people learn of brave Latifa’s quest for freedom and every day thousand more people support her, support which will ultimately lead to her freedom and ability to live the life she chooses for herself”

Watch the NBC News here

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/this-princess-has-been-missing-for-over-a-year-1455174723649

 

About Free Latifa: The Free Latifa Campaign is run by Latifa’s best friend Tiina Jauhiainen and human rights lawyer and campaigner David Haigh with the support of Detained International and Stirling Haigh. Tiina Jauhiainen and David Haigh were appointed by Princess Latifa in 2018 as her sole representatives. Updates on the campaign to free Latifa can be found on the campaign website www.freelatifa.com

Former Leeds United MD speaks to the Guardian on arrest of British tourist and football fan in Dubai.

Stirling Haigh and Detained International founder and managing director David Haigh is the former managing director of top English Football club Leeds United and former Chairman of Leeds United Ladies. He spoke with Dianie Taylor for the Guardian on the arrest and detention of British tourist Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, an Arsenal supporter from Wolverhampton, for wearing the football shirt of UAE rivals Qatar at an Asian Cup match in Dubai

David Haigh who now sits on the Football Association Inclusivity Advisory Group, with a special focus on on LGBT equality in football, called on the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and FCO officials to “act fast and tough”. “The Dubai jails are a cesspit of torture, injustice, discrimination and abuse,” he said.

Read the full article here.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/06/friends-of-uk-football-fan-detained-in-uae-call-for-his-release-qatar

David Haigh in Huffington Post on Dubai Courts, Torture and UAE “Justice”

Stirling Haigh and Detained International founder and managing director David Haigh was featured in the Huffington Post in January 2019.

The Article, which concludes that the UK must not sacrifice free speech for trade links post Brexit sets outs David’s own fight for justice in the UAE.

The article states “Former Leeds United FC managing director David Haigh was arrested in Dubai…. He was in prison for 22 months during which time he claims he was repeatedly tortured and abused. He said he “faced the darkest ever moments a human never should face”. His allegations are being investigated by the Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit. He told the Guardian: “The UK still encourages firms to invest in Emirati companies with the implicit assumption that they face fair business conditions. Again, the judicial situation makes it a highly risky country to do business with.”

Read the full article here:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/brexit-free-trade_uk_5c4838e8e4b03ad749a07e01?guccounter=1

David Haigh talks to the Times on client Princess Latifa Al Maktoum

Stirling Haigh and Detained International founder and managing director, spoke with Peter O’Dwyer of the Times in January 2019, updating the Middle Eastern desk on the United Nations Advocacy, legal fight and media campaign to secure freedom for Princess Latifa’s, and justice for Tiina Jauhiainen and the crew.

Read the full article here:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/robinson-followed-dubai-script-on-princess-s-flight-says-lawyer-8fjl83sw7

David Haigh writes for the Independent on client Princess Latifa. “Mary Robinson has willingly tarnished her reputation”

Stirling Haigh and Detained International founder and managing director, writes for the Independent in January 2019 following the extraordinary interreference of former Irish President and UN Human Rights Commissioner, Mary Robinson in the case of his client Princess Latifa Al Maktoum. An intervention that has been met with worldwide condemnation from across the board for Mary Robinsons acts, including from Detained International, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

David Haigh concludes “Not only is this a clear misuse of Robinson’s former office as UN high commissioner for human rights, it undermines the movement for the fair treatment of women” he continues “Mary Robinson has willingly tarnished her reputation”

Read the full article here.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/mary-robinson-dubai-princess-latifa-escape-uae-sheikh-mohammed-haya-a8717081.html

About Free Latifa: The Free Latifa Campaign is run by Latifa’s best friend Tiina Jauhiainen and human rights lawyer and campaigner David Haigh with the support of Detained International and Stirling Haigh. Tiina Jauhiainen and David Haigh were appointed by Princess Latifa in 2018 as her sole representatives. Updates on the campaign to free Latifa can be found on the campaign website www.freelatifa.com

A woman in the UAE was arrested for having sex outside marriage.

In the UAE and Dubai, it is against Sharia law to co-habit together, with someone you are not married to. You can only live together with a member of the opposite sex if you are married to them, such as a family member, or daughter. So the western expression about “living in sin” is taken more literally in the UAE.

If you get caught, then you’re likely to get punished under Article 356 of the UAE Penal Code which reportedly says that anyone convicted of engaging in consensual sex gets a minimum 1 year jail sentence followed by deportation

If you’re living with someone who is married to someone else, then there is a greater risk of problems, especially if their spouse also lives in the UAE. If they file a complaint with the police about their husband or wife in an illicit relationship, then the police will almost certainly investigate. If a couple is separated but not divorced, then legally they are still married

How Stirling Haigh can help

Stirling Haigh, specialists in civil and criminal law in Dubai, have helped many people who have found themselves unknowingly breaking laws in Dubai and the wider UAE

UAE Law Summary – cohabiting

  • It is against the UAE law to live with a person of opposite sex unless they are a family member
  • Law Article 356 of the UAE Penal Code governs this. A maximum sentence of 1 year plus deportation is likely
  • Stirling Haigh can advise you on this

UAE man arrested after alleged SnapChat abuse

In Dubai, UAE, a man has been arrested for allegedly threatening two women via SnapChat. The man, currently unnamed, is currently before the Dubai criminal courts.

The UAE cyber crime law has featured extensively in the media recently due to the differences between The United Arab Emirates and the western world, including The United Kingdom, and people not understanding the UAE cyber crime law.

The cyber crime law in UAE can be very complex, and you should seek legal advice if you are an active user of the many social media platforms including SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

Posting on social media in The UAE can lead to life-altering fines and even imprisonment. Arm yourself with the facts and what they mean for foreign visitors.

Things to avoid are: Taking photos without consent, posting comments against an individual or company on Facebook, posting ‘indecent’ images on social media, using a pseudonym to converse with another party in the UAE, and much more.

Stirling Haigh, specialists in civil and criminal law in Dubai, have helped many people who have found themselves unknowingly breaking cyber crime laws in Dubai and the wider UAE.

In the event that you get in trouble, Stirling Haigh has expertise in this matter and can help before or after an incident, especially Mr. Haigh who was accused of violating the cyber crime law but later found innocent.