Canadian man detained in U.A.E.
TORONTO — A Canadian man detained without charge in the United Arab Emirates for more than a year is expected to finally learn what he’s accused of at a trial set to begin on Monday. Salim Alaradi, a 46-year-old Canadian of Libyan origin, was running a business in Dubai when he was abruptly arrested in August 2014. His family and lawyers have received no explanation from U.A.E. authorities for his continued detention and there have been allegations he has been tortured behind bars. Alaradi’s trial will be held at the State Security Chamber of the U.A.E. Federal Supreme Court, a venue his Canadian lawyer said suggests he will be charged with terrorism-related offences. “One way or another it appears that the U.A.E. wants to bring this file to a close,’’ Paul Champ told The Canadian Press. “We were hopeful that the Emiratis were simply going to release Salim but unfortunately they’ve decided to lay charges.’’ There are concerns Alaradi may not get a fair trial since he will have no right of appeal and alleged forced confessions may be made admissible, Champ said. Nonetheless, the legal process is being seen as a significant development in Alaradi’s case which had appeared stalled until now.