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Frenchman who helped Sheikha Latifa escape severely beaten during his arrest

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Frenchman who helped Sheikha Latifa escape severely beaten during his arrest

The Frenchman, who has been accused of helping the princess Sheikha Latifa escape from Dubai, said that he was 'blindfolded, handcuffed and beaten' by soldiers before being sent back to the UAE.

Jean-Pierre Hervé Jaubert, a dual French-American national, said he was arrested along with the crew of the yacht Nostromo in a raid, Daily Mail quoted the rights group Detained In Dubai (DID) as saying.

In an extraordinary audio statement released through DID, Mr Jaubert claimed the raid was carried out by 'five warships, two planes and a helicopter.'

He said he was later released without charge by the UAE authorities but remains 'unsafe at sea', the group added.

Describing the 'raid' in an audio message, Mr Jaubert said around 12 men boarded the yacht.

'They beat us severely with guns, and they robbed us; took pretty much everything from the boat.

'We were taken to the UAE. Kidnapped, and sent to jail in the UAE, I don't know where. We were blindfolded and handcuffed. I had no idea where they kept us.'

The Frenchman said he was eventually released but that he believed Latifa was still being held. 

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