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For anyone who wants to get the full background to the Latifa-Robinson scandal, I recommend watching these videos, along with the BBC2 documentary from last month if you can find it.

The full video Latifa recorded just before her escape in February:

[video=youtube;UN7OEFyNUkQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN7OEFyNUkQ[/video]

Excellent Australian documentary about Latifa's escape, aired in July:

[video=youtube;TPuhzT47XWs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPuhzT47XWs[/video]

[video=youtube;5uyNaDfC7IU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uyNaDfC7IU[/video]
 

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India 'swapped' British arms dealer for Dubai's Princess Latifa

Link to article in today's Telegraph

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Robinson badly rumbled here---wonder will she get her smooth talking apologist back on Marion to say nothing. To think we had posters on here last week pondering the possibility/probability that abduction never happened and Robinson might have known. FFS
 

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Robinson's actions in Dubai don't sit well with Ireland's efforts to get the UN Security Council seat, in which Robinson has been involved along with Bono, Varadkar, etc.

If you were going to any event featuring Mary Robinson, wouldn't you want to wear a "Free Latifa" badge?

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Some good might come out of this then. Wonder has committed globalist no borders bozo Leotard "talked" to Robinson yet?
 

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I signed up to register free for one article per week and got this so will paste in

Telegraph News
India 'swapped' British arms dealer for Dubai's Princess Latifa
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NGOs have criticised the unusual extradition trade-off involving Princess Latifa and Christian Michel
NGOs have criticised the unusual extradition trade-off involving Princess Latifa and Christian Michel
Saptarshi Ray, new delhi
12 JANUARY 2019 • 4:41PM
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A British arms consultant at the centre of a bribery scandal over a helicopter deal in India was exchanged for a runaway Dubai princes in an extraordinary quid pro quo extradition, sources have told The Sunday Telegraph.

Christian Michel, 57, described as a “smooth” business dealer by detectives from the Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI), was extradited from the United Arab Emirates last month to face police over a deal that has sent shockwaves across the political and military spheres of New Delhi.

He was handed over to India in an exchange for Princess Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, daughter of Dubai's ruler, who was intercepted by the India Navy during her attempt to flee the UAE last year.

The princess's capture off the coast of Goa drew global attention for her dramatic escape from Dubai in a yacht with the aid of a French spy as she allegedly sought asylum for mistreatment by the royal family.

European and Asian diplomatic sources in New Delhi told The Sunday Telegraph they believe India struck a deal to swap Ms Latifa with Mr Michel, who owns a residence and company in Dubai but has long been wanted by Indian authorities.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai's ruler, in a 40-minute video in which she says she's planning on fleeing the country
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai's ruler, in a 40-minute video in which she says she's planning on fleeing the country CREDIT: AP
Mr Michel is being questioned over a deal for 12 helicopters for VIPs, for the firm AugustaWestland, the British arm of the Italian aviation company Leonardo, that dates back to the Congress Party-led Indian government of 2004 - 2014.

Mr Michel, who is said to have widespread contacts in the Indian military and political worlds, was allegedly hired by AgustaWestland to influence top officials in the air force and the government led by Manmohan Singh to help secure the Rs 3,600 crore (£400 million) deal for the company.

His diaries, seized by Italian police and later handed to the CBI, show he paid €6 million to Indian Air Force officers, €8.4 million to bureaucrats and €15 - €16 million to an unidentified political family, according to investigators. So far Mr Michel has said nothing, say CBI detectives.

After his arrest, Mr Michel made a sensational claim that the CBI had put pressure on him to sign a confession that he had met the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who was a close aide of Mr Singh in the 2004-2014 government, when the deal was being negotiated in 2010.

Christian Michel, 57, described as a “smooth” business dealer by detectives from the Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI)
Christian Michel, 57 was described as a “smooth” business dealer by detectives from the Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI)
Mr Michel said he refused to sign as he had never met Sonia Gandhi in his life. He also alleged that the CBI had promised him a waiver in the case if he signed. The CBI denies the allegations.

Observers have asked why it has taken this long for the prime minister, Narendra Modi, and his government to instigate proceedings, suggesting that part of the reason is to deflect attention away from current allegations that Mr Modi himself was part of a suspicious deal for Rafale fighter jets from a French company in 2016.

“Isn’t it coincidental that this Michel guy suddenly appears on the scene during the Rafale scandal, and close to an election?”, said Maroof Raza, a defence analyst and former army officer.

“This could be a huge scandal yes, depending on what Michel is prepared to say, but it could also be a shrewd move by Modi.”

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, left, meets Mary Robinson, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, left, meets Mary Robinson, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights CREDIT: AP
Asked about the alleged extradition swap, a member of Mr Michel’s legal team, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Sunday Telegraph: “That there was a swap deal is my understanding too.”

India and the UAE have a treaty dating back to 2011 but it generally covers citizens of the two countries, so the extradition of a third party national is very unusual. “It enters a murky part of international law”, said one diplomatic source.

In addition, any quid pro quo would mean India intervened to detain Princess Latifa while she was en route to seek political asylum in Goa, as she claimed, which technically should have at least granted her a hearing.

The apparent swap took place within the context of the deepening ties between the two countries. Radha Stirling of Detained in Dubai, a criminal justice NGO in the UAE, accused both countries of "bilateral disregard for standard norms of diplomatic relations".


She added: “The capture of Latifa was reportedly arranged over a phone call between Sheikh Mohammed and Prime Minister Modi; and the extradition of Christian Michel was fast-tracked shortly thereafter.

“This is not the kind of cooperation between states that reflects respect for the rule of law.”

Little is known about Mr Michel, who took over from his father, Wolfgang Max Richard Michel, other than he is from London and his company is called Jomar Investments, and he is believed to be worth around $8m.

Mr Michel's lawyers claim he is being treated like a "terrorist" by Indian authorities, who on Thursday granted him access to the British High Commission for the first time since being detained at the beginning of December.

A source in his legal team said he believed he was involved in the swap deal, but added: “The bigger question is over why the British government took so long to speak to one of its citizens who is being treated like a terrorist. He has been interrogated for 36 hours at a time for over four weeks and he has not even been charged.”

The British High Commission in Delhi said it had sought consular access to Mr Michel from day one, but was only given permission on Thursday.

The UAE did not respond to requests for a comment from The Sunday Telegraph.
 

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For anyone who wants to get the full background to the Latifa-Robinson scandal, I recommend watching these videos, along with the BBC2 documentary from last month if you can find it.

The full video Latifa recorded just before her escape in February:

[video=youtube;UN7OEFyNUkQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN7OEFyNUkQ[/video]

Excellent Australian documentary about Latifa's escape, aired in July:

[video=youtube;TPuhzT47XWs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPuhzT47XWs[/video]

[video=youtube;5uyNaDfC7IU]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uyNaDfC7IU[/video]
Thx for posting. Hadn't seen an extended doc yet. Truly shocking and what an indictment of Irish media. Why hasn't anyone flown that Finnish woman over to Montrose for an interview with Duds.Worst type of "green jersey" wearing this. That Robinson flew to Dubai within days of a similar documentary being aired is actually outrageous.
 

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I signed up to register free for one article per week and got this so will paste in

Telegraph News
India 'swapped' British arms dealer for Dubai's Princess Latifa
Save
NGOs have criticised the unusual extradition trade-off involving Princess Latifa and Christian Michel
NGOs have criticised the unusual extradition trade-off involving Princess Latifa and Christian Michel
Saptarshi Ray, new delhi
12 JANUARY 2019 • 4:41PM
Follow
A British arms consultant at the centre of a bribery scandal over a helicopter deal in India was exchanged for a runaway Dubai princes in an extraordinary quid pro quo extradition, sources have told The Sunday Telegraph.

Christian Michel, 57, described as a “smooth” business dealer by detectives from the Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI), was extradited from the United Arab Emirates last month to face police over a deal that has sent shockwaves across the political and military spheres of New Delhi.

He was handed over to India in an exchange for Princess Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, daughter of Dubai's ruler, who was intercepted by the India Navy during her attempt to flee the UAE last year.

The princess's capture off the coast of Goa drew global attention for her dramatic escape from Dubai in a yacht with the aid of a French spy as she allegedly sought asylum for mistreatment by the royal family.

European and Asian diplomatic sources in New Delhi told The Sunday Telegraph they believe India struck a deal to swap Ms Latifa with Mr Michel, who owns a residence and company in Dubai but has long been wanted by Indian authorities.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai's ruler, in a 40-minute video in which she says she's planning on fleeing the country
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai's ruler, in a 40-minute video in which she says she's planning on fleeing the country CREDIT: AP
Mr Michel is being questioned over a deal for 12 helicopters for VIPs, for the firm AugustaWestland, the British arm of the Italian aviation company Leonardo, that dates back to the Congress Party-led Indian government of 2004 - 2014.

Mr Michel, who is said to have widespread contacts in the Indian military and political worlds, was allegedly hired by AgustaWestland to influence top officials in the air force and the government led by Manmohan Singh to help secure the Rs 3,600 crore (£400 million) deal for the company.

His diaries, seized by Italian police and later handed to the CBI, show he paid €6 million to Indian Air Force officers, €8.4 million to bureaucrats and €15 - €16 million to an unidentified political family, according to investigators. So far Mr Michel has said nothing, say CBI detectives.

After his arrest, Mr Michel made a sensational claim that the CBI had put pressure on him to sign a confession that he had met the Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who was a close aide of Mr Singh in the 2004-2014 government, when the deal was being negotiated in 2010.

Christian Michel, 57, described as a “smooth” business dealer by detectives from the Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI)
Christian Michel, 57 was described as a “smooth” business dealer by detectives from the Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI)
Mr Michel said he refused to sign as he had never met Sonia Gandhi in his life. He also alleged that the CBI had promised him a waiver in the case if he signed. The CBI denies the allegations.

Observers have asked why it has taken this long for the prime minister, Narendra Modi, and his government to instigate proceedings, suggesting that part of the reason is to deflect attention away from current allegations that Mr Modi himself was part of a suspicious deal for Rafale fighter jets from a French company in 2016.

“Isn’t it coincidental that this Michel guy suddenly appears on the scene during the Rafale scandal, and close to an election?”, said Maroof Raza, a defence analyst and former army officer.

“This could be a huge scandal yes, depending on what Michel is prepared to say, but it could also be a shrewd move by Modi.”

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, left, meets Mary Robinson, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, a daughter of Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, left, meets Mary Robinson, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights CREDIT: AP
Asked about the alleged extradition swap, a member of Mr Michel’s legal team, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Sunday Telegraph: “That there was a swap deal is my understanding too.”

India and the UAE have a treaty dating back to 2011 but it generally covers citizens of the two countries, so the extradition of a third party national is very unusual. “It enters a murky part of international law”, said one diplomatic source.

In addition, any quid pro quo would mean India intervened to detain Princess Latifa while she was en route to seek political asylum in Goa, as she claimed, which technically should have at least granted her a hearing.

The apparent swap took place within the context of the deepening ties between the two countries. Radha Stirling of Detained in Dubai, a criminal justice NGO in the UAE, accused both countries of "bilateral disregard for standard norms of diplomatic relations".


She added: “The capture of Latifa was reportedly arranged over a phone call between Sheikh Mohammed and Prime Minister Modi; and the extradition of Christian Michel was fast-tracked shortly thereafter.

“This is not the kind of cooperation between states that reflects respect for the rule of law.”

Little is known about Mr Michel, who took over from his father, Wolfgang Max Richard Michel, other than he is from London and his company is called Jomar Investments, and he is believed to be worth around $8m.

Mr Michel's lawyers claim he is being treated like a "terrorist" by Indian authorities, who on Thursday granted him access to the British High Commission for the first time since being detained at the beginning of December.

A source in his legal team said he believed he was involved in the swap deal, but added: “The bigger question is over why the British government took so long to speak to one of its citizens who is being treated like a terrorist. He has been interrogated for 36 hours at a time for over four weeks and he has not even been charged.”

The British High Commission in Delhi said it had sought consular access to Mr Michel from day one, but was only given permission on Thursday.

The UAE did not respond to requests for a comment from The Sunday Telegraph.
Jeez-this is getting bigger. Watch the shills and spivs in Irish media run for cover. Dubai PR working overtime. Nothing will be allowed that threatens those Emirates Airline ads
 

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Mary Robinson is 74. She can plead senility. And she ought to.

She can depend on the Irish Times, RTE, etc., to keep all of this quiet, or at least most of the details. So she'll have hopes of preserving some of her reputation. And Varadkar & co will hope to keep Sheikh Mohammed onside, for the sake of jobs, investment in Ireland, and so on.

If Latifa somehow manages to get free, she won't be visiting Ireland in a hurry.
 

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There was a case at Shannon back in the late 70s/early 80s where a passenger got off an AeroFlot flight from Russia and tried to defect/claim asylum.

The Irish immigration officers exhibiting huge courage pushed him back on the 'plane. I doubt it ended well. It was covered in the media at the time.
 

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There was a case at Shannon back in the late 70s/early 80s where a passenger got off an AeroFlot flight from Russia and tried to defect/claim asylum.

The Irish immigration officers exhibiting huge courage pushed him back on the 'plane. I doubt it ended well. It was covered in the media at the time.
I think that happened a few times. Apparently the Irish authorities had an 'understanding' with the Soviets that defectors would be sent back. I suppose the value of the Aeroflot contract was seen as outweighing any moral considerations. We have a grim enough record on these issues. Speaking truth to power is not one of our strong points as a nation and Robinson's behaviour in the UAE does not serve to change that impression.
 
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There was a case at Shannon back in the late 70s/early 80s where a passenger got off an AeroFlot flight from Russia and tried to defect/claim asylum.

The Irish immigration officers exhibiting huge courage pushed him back on the 'plane. I doubt it ended well. It was covered in the media at the time.
that was a fairly regular occurrence.
one incident that reached the media, involved a number of passengers seeking asylum barricading themselves into a toilet in the Terminal Building.
the "courageous" immigration officers who were Gardaí/Detectives broke down the cubicle doors & frogmarched the people back to the aircraft.
they were no doubt implementing policy.
ms Robinson's Labour party would have been in government when some of these incidents took place.
 

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Well, my point is more like Robinson is best buddies with this Princess Haya one who is one of 6 wives of the ruler / despot of Dubai who imprisons and drugs his own children
But Haya brings shame on the feminist movement by allowing herself as a woman to be humiliated in this way.
How can Robinson, as a supposed feminist icon, ignore these embarrassing facts about Haya?
She used to claim to represent the power of 'mna na h'eireann' but now her best buddy represents the absolute subjugation of women?
Eh, money, money, money and more money. I remember a number of years ago Bertie and Robinson and some others I think announced they were giving up/back some of their pension, around 15% if memory serves Anyway the impression given at the time was that this was for ever but lo and behold the following year with a little less fanfare the pensions were back up to full value. Robinson is definitely a socialist of the smoked salmon variety only.
 

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Mary Robinson is 74. She can plead senility. And she ought to.

She can depend on the Irish Times, RTE, etc., to keep all of this quiet, or at least most of the details. So she'll have hopes of preserving some of her reputation. And Varadkar & co will hope to keep Sheikh Mohammed onside, for the sake of jobs, investment in Ireland, and so on.

If Latifa somehow manages to get free, she won't be visiting Ireland in a hurry.
Must look after the entitlement to a State funeral
 

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that was a fairly regular occurrence.
one incident that reached the media, involved a number of passengers seeking asylum barricading themselves into a toilet in the Terminal Building.
the "courageous" immigration officers who were Gardaí/Detectives broke down the cubicle doors & frogmarched the people back to the aircraft.
they were no doubt implementing policy.
ms Robinson's Labour party would have been in government when some of these incidents took place.
Don't forget all the rendition flights that passed through Shannon, with the Irish authorities turning a blind eye. Was Robinson, as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also turning a blind eye?
 
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