Amnesty International, Lawyers and Family Call for Due Process and for Canadian Salim Alaradi’s Immediate Release

Announcement Date: April 8, 2016


Free Salim Alaradi Campaign

Urgent Update – April 8th 2016


Amnesty International, Lawyers and Family Call for Due Process and for Canadian Salim Alaradi’s Immediate Release
Salim Alaradi Returns to Court on Monday April 11th

Canadian Citizen Detained in United Arab Emirates for 590 Days


Canadian Salim Alaradi has been arbitrarily detained for 590 days and severely tortured.  His health is deteriorating rapidly and he has been denied access to adequate medical care. On April 11th Alaradi will return to court for final arguments. The defense team is confident that the trial is in favour of Alaradi’s acquittal.

The State Security prosecution has seen its abuse of power challenged by the courts and was forced to change strategies in the last court hearing in which the State Security prosecutor made an unprecedented move, dropping the terrorism charges and introducing entirely new charges – a clear attempt by the Prosecutor to obstruct justice.

“The State Security Prosecution not only changed the charge but in fact fundamentally changed the facts of the case and this is a major violation of the law. In addition the Prosecutor changed the accusation without providing any new evidence corresponding with the new indictment,” said the lead lawyer from Alaradi’s legal team.

“This radical move is a clear violation of due process and has stripped away any remaining legitimacy in the position of the Prosecution. At this point there is no doubt the court’s judges are well aware of the State Security Prosecution’s ill intent to force a guilty verdict at any cost.”

Mr Alaradi’s Canadian lawyer, Paul Champ, added, “Changing the charges shortly before a trial is concluded does not comport with international fair trial standards and violates the fundamental principle that an accused must know the case to meet. But that is only the latest in a long list of due process violations that have characterized this prosecution from the beginning, including arrest without a warrant, prolonged incommunicado detention, denial of access to legal counsel, use of coerced confessions, and public barred from the proceedings.”

Amnesty International has issued an Urgent Action to its global membership to write to UAE government officials calling on UAE authorities to try Alaradi in accordance with international standards and calling on them to ensure that any confessions obtained by torture and other ill-treatment are not used as evidence in court and that the men are protected from any further ill treatment.

“The unlawful treatment of Salim al-Aradi demonstrates the extreme tactics the UAE authorities are resorting to in the name of protecting national security,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

We call on the Canadian government to intervene and to secure Alaradi immediate release and reunite Alaradi with his wife and children.


Opinion Pieces

Huffington Post – Dropping of Terrorism Charges or Obstruction of Charges?

Huffington Post – We Will Not Stop Until Our Father Comes Home

Rabble – Our friends the Gulf sheikhs and the case of Salim Alaradi

Middle East Eye – The UAE must free my brother, Salim Alaradi


Media Coverage

BBC World – UAE drops terrorism charges against Libyans

The Guardian – UAE drops terror charges against US and Canadian businessmen over Libya links

Middle East Eye – UAE drops terrorism charges against Libyan nationals

Vice News – Terror Charges Dropped Against Canadian Allegedly Tortured in the Emirates

Huffington Post – Salim Alaradi’s Terror Charges Dropped, Family Says

CBC – Canadian Salim Alaradi has terrorism charges dropped in U.A.E.

AP – Family: Charges in UAE against Canadian-Libyan man changed

Globe and Mail – Terror charges downgraded against Canadian man detained in UAE

Digital Journal – Canadian Libyan dual citizen has terrorism charges dropped in UAE

CNN Politics – Terror trial set to begin for U.S. citizens in United Arab Emirates

Human Rights First – Trial of U.S. Citizens Detained in UAE Resumes

The Globe and Mail – Trial resumes in UAE for Canadian alleging torture

The Washington Post – U.S. citizens tortured into confessing terrorist ties in the UAE, family says

The Guardian – UAE beat foreign prisoners and gave them electric shocks, evidence shows

The Washington Post – Americans tortured by American ally

The Guardian – Two Americans detained in UAE to go on trial after 505 days without charges

BBC – UN experts urge UAE to release Libyan detainees

Guardian – Businessmen held in UAE were tortured into confessions, says UN report

New York Times – UN Calls on UAE to Release 5 Libyans Allegedly Tortured

ABC News – UN Calls on UAE to Release 5 Libyans Allegedly Tortured

FOX News – UAE accused of torturing 5 detainees, including 2 Americans

Daily Mail – UN calls on UAE to release 5 Libyans allegedly tortured

Globe and Mail – Canadian businessman Salim Alaradi on trial in Abu Dhabi in terror case

La Presse – L’ONU demande aux Émirats arabes unis de libérer un détenu canadien

Reuters – UN experts condemn trial of foreign nationals in the UAE, call for release

CBC – United Nations calls for Canadian Salim Alaradi’s release from U.A.E.

Huffington Post – Salim Alaradi Case: UN Calls On United Arab Emirates To Release Detained Canadian

CTV – UN calls on U.A.E. to release detained Canadian

Toronto Sun – UN calls for release of Canadian detained in UAE for year and a half


Media Contacts

For further details about Salim Alaradi’s situation and the progress of the case in UAE:

Paul Champ, Human rights lawyer representing Salim Alaradi
T: (613) 816-2441
E: [email protected]

Greg Craig, Lawyer for US Nationals Kamal and Mohamed El Darat and former White House Counsel
T: +1.202.371.7400
E: [email protected]

Marwa Alaradi, Salim Alaradi’s eldest daughter
E: [email protected]

For comments about the case by international legal experts:

Geoffrey Robertson QC
T: + 44 (0) 7940 951731
E: [email protected]

Sue Willman, Deighton Pierce Glynn
T: +44 (0) 20 7407 0007
E: [email protected]

For further background about this case and related human rights concerns in UAE:

John Tackaberry, Media Officer, Amnesty International Canada
T: (613) 744-7667, extension 236
E: [email protected]

Monia Mazigh, National Coordinator-International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
T: (613) 241-5298
E: [email protected]

Nicholas McGeehan, UAE researcher at Human Rights Watch
E: [email protected]

Drewery Dyke, UAE Researcher at Amnesty International
T: +44 (0) 75 3558 7297
E: [email protected]



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