Hervé Jaubert

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Hervé Jaubert (born 13 March 1956) is a former French Navy officer, marine engineer, spy who operated as a secret agent for the DGSE until 1993.[1] He moved to Stuart, Florida in the early 2000s where he set up a company to build and operate recreational submarines. He then moved his firm to the United Arab Emirates, branded as Exomos. In the aftermath of the 2008 Dubai World scandal, Exomos ceased to exist and Jaubert fled the country within the year. Jaubert subsequently returned to Stuart, where he is a permanent US resident.

Hervé Jaubert
Born (1956-03-13) March 13, 1956 (age 62)

Events in the United Arab Emirates[edit]

In 2004 Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem visited his factory in Florida and invited him to move his firm to UAE. Jaubert accepted the invitation and bin Sulayem put him in charge of a new subsidiary of Dubai World. There Jaubert set up a submarine manufacturing company with a factory, which after two years started making tourist submarines and superfast boats: it made 4 mini-submarines, a submersible yacht, and a larger submarine called Nautilus which could carry 9 people.[2] His firm ran into difficulties and Jaubert fled the country in May 2008.

According to Jaubert's account, a year after his first police questioning he got to Fujairah, where a set of frogman's kit was smuggled to him in parts. One night in May 2008 he put this frogman's kit on, and an Arab woman's abaya over it as a disguise. He slipped from his hotel to the beach at night disguised under the abaya and swam to the area's only police patrol boat, which was in a coastguard station, and climbed on the boat and clogged its fuel lines to prevent pursuit. Next morning he made his escape on a rubber dinghy with a small outboard motor, and sailed and waited in international waters for 6 hours to a prearranged meeting with a former fellow spy in a sailing boat, just outside United Arab Emirates territorial waters. The sailing boat carried him in eight days to Mumbai in India, and from there in 2008 he went home to Florida.[2]

After Jaubert escaped, Dubai World and Dubai police accused him of embezzlement of 14 million dirhams ($3,000,000) and said that at least two of his submarines did not work.[3]


On 28 June 2009 a court in Dubai tried Jaubert in absentia and found him guilty and sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment. George Dalton, Dubai World's chief counsel, stated in an interview in September 2009 that he was confident that a US Court would return a similar verdict against Jaubert.

On 9 September 2009 Jaubert filed a lawsuit in Martin County Court in Florida against Dubai World, for defamation, fraud, abuse of process by the Dubai police, and false imprisonment.[4]

On 28 February 2011 at Fort Pierce, Florida the court found confirmed Dubai World's claims of breach of contract, but rejected further claims of fraud, embezzlement and theft.[5] The court also found against Jaubert's claim of abuse of process, and Jaubert was not awarded any money damages or other relief.[5]

2018 imprisonment[edit]

On March 3rd, 2018, Dubai Princess Latifa, Hervé Jaubert and a Finnish woman who was friend of the princess, Tiina Jauhiainen, were taken from a yacht off the coast of Goa, India by Indian and Emirati special forces.[6][7][8] Two weeks later he was released, along with Jauhiainen and the two Filipino crew. [9]


With regard to the disappearance of Princess Latifa in early 2018, Helene Jaubert, the American ex-wife of Hervé Jaubert told American news website The Daily Beast in December 2018 that her ex-husband had cooked up the whole scheme with Radha Stirling and Latifa who had been in contact with Jaubert for five years. Stirling and Jaubert had known each other for years. They had been mulling over an escape and extortion plan for a long time. Helene Jaubert who was married to Herve for 18 years provided the news website with copies of some emails between Stirling and Jaubert dating back to 2010.[10]


Herve Jaubert published six books:

  • 1995: a book called "Il n' a plus de secrets dans les services" (ODILON MEDIA)
  • 2009: a book called "Escape from Dubai" (ISBN 978-0929915944), about his Dubai experience.
  • 2011: a novel called "The Boston Fracture" (ISBN 978-1466405615), a politico-techno-action thriller.
  • 2015: Comment contredire un Musulman (French Edition) " (ISBN 978-1507506561)
  • 2016: " Misere sexuelle des musulmans et violence (French Edition) " (ISBN 978-1540654960)
  • 2016: " How to bust a Muslim in 20 questions: Islampology" (ISBN 978-1534780163)


  1. ^ Higgins, Andrew (10 August 2009). "As Dubai's Glitter Fades, Foreigners See Dark Side". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  2. ^ a b Spencer, Richard (2009-08-23). "With scuba gear under a burka, French spy Herve Jaubert made his escape from Dubai". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  3. ^ Kwong, Matt (2009-08-25). "The spy who came in from the sea". The National. UAE. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  4. ^ Higgins, Andrew (2009-08-10). "As Dubai's Glitter Fades, Foreigners See Dark Side". ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  5. ^ a b Devi, Sharmilla (2011-03-02). "Dubai World defeats French ex-spy in Florida court". The National. UAE. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  6. ^ "Mystery of the missing princess, the French spy, and a Finnish woman". Helsinki Times. 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  7. ^ Evans, Natalie; Taylor, Joshua; Clarke-Billings, Lucy (2018-03-20). "Missing Dubai princess's haunting last WhatsApp message revealed after disappearing with personal trainer and ex-spy". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2018-07-17.
  8. ^ Graham-Harrison, Emma (2018-12-04). "Missing Emirati princess 'planned escape for seven years'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  9. ^ https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/india-accused-of-violating-international-treaties-in-sending-back-runaway-dubai-princess-1209449-2018-04-11
  10. ^ Kennedy, Dana (2018-12-05). "The Missing Princess of Dubai: Foiled Escape or Complete Fraud?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2019-01-04.

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