Cana­dian man de­tained in U.A.E.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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.

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