UAE State Security Prosecutor Drops Terrorism Charges and Submits New Ones Based on Penal Code; to Salvage Fabricated Case Built on Coerced Confessions

Free Salim Alaradi Campaign

Urgent Update – March 21st 2016

UAE State Security Prosecutor Drops Terrorism Charges and Submits New Ones Based on Penal Code; to Salvage Fabricated Case Built on Coerced Confessions

Canadian Citizen Detained in United Arab Emirates for 572 Days

 

Recent weeks of international pressure from Canada, the United States, the United Nations, human rights groups, judicial right groups and the #FreeSalimAlaradi and #FreetheEldarats campaigns followed by the acquittal of two Libyans last week in a parallel and identical trial have led to an unexpected and desperate attempt by the State Security Prosecution to salvage their fabricated case.

After 550 days of arbitrary detainment, confirmed torture, restrictions from legal representation and gross human rights violations the UAE State Security Prosecutor conceived baseless ‘terrorism’ charges and hastily accused the defendants with supporting two Libyan groups, alleging links to terrorism; but none of those groups appear on any terrorist list including the UAEs.

With common judges presiding over Canadian citizen Salim Alaradi’s trial and the case acquitted last week, in fear of losing two trials back-to-back the Prosecution made an uncommon and unexpected decision to withdraw all prior terrorism charges and submit a new charge sheet including one count of criminal activity and one misdemeanour without any reference to ‘terrorism’.

 

The prosecution scraped the use of UAE’s counterterrorism law 7-2014 which they had attempted to use retroactively and chose to charge the defendants under the UAE penal code for offences of hostile activity towards Libya by sending supplies and donations to the ‘February 17 Brigade’ and ‘Libya Dawn’, removing a reference to them as terrorist groups, without Ministry approval. The Libyan Attorney General categorically denied any wrong doings of these individuals, stated that there are no restrictions on them and they are not wanted by the Libyan Attorney General’s office.

The defense lawyer team brought forth an Emirati witness who has strong ties to senior officials of the UAE State Security. Under oath he confirmed that the humanitarian supplies and donations sent by the defendants were in fact sent with permission and awareness from the UAE government officials and sent to the Libyan National Transition Government. This testimony refuted the new charges introduced today by the Prosecutor.

The forensic medical report was presented to the court today and submitted that Alaradi had no injuries and scars that suggest mistreatment and torture. Alaradi, in his medical evaluation, showed the physician 15 scars ranging from 0.5 to 2.5 cm in size that remain on six placed of his body a year after his torture. Lawyers and families are disappointed but not surprised by the results. Lawyers have advised that considering the confirmed torture by the United Nations and the Canadian government, the results are a clear litmus test of whether Alaradi is truly being offered due process.

What took place today is an undisputable confirmation that the UAE State Security’s unjust insistence to charge these innocent political prisoners with new fabricated offences in order to misrepresent and distort the situation and avoid more acquittals.

Nevertheless, we call on the UAE judiciary not to tolerate the UAE State Security’s actions outside of the law and to continue to enforce due process as it did last week. We call on the Canadian government to intervene as any hopes of due process are quickly diminishing.

 

Recent Media Coverage

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

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

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

Huffington Post World - We Will Not Stop Until Our Father Comes Home

 

Other Media Coverage

 

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

ICI Radio Canada - Le procès de Salim Alaradi aux Émirats arabes unis ajourné au 29 février

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

 

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) 237-2441
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 UN News Release:

Ms. Amanda Flores, UN Human Rights Officer
T: + 41 22 917 9186
E: [email protected])

Ms. Sonia Cronin, UN Human Rights Officer
T: +41 22 917 9160
E: [email protected]

For comments about the case and the UN Opinion:

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]

Andy Slaughter MP, Shadow Justice Minister
T: +44 (0)20 7610 1950
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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For more details about the case please visit:

 

Campaign Website http://www.freesalimalaradi.com/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/freesalimalaradi
Twitter Account https://twitter.com/freesalimaradi
Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/freesalimalaradi

Salim Alaradi’s brother speaks in Geneva during the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Free Salim Alaradi Campaign

Urgent Update – March 20th 2016

 Salim Alaradi’s brother speaks in Geneva during the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council
Canadian Citizen Detained in United Arab Emirates for 570 Days

 

On Thursday March 17, 2016 Mohamed Alaradi, Canadian citizen Salim Alaradi’s brother, spoke at a UN side event during the 31st Session of the UN Human Rights Council. During one of the busiest times of the year in Geneva, Mohamed opened up his speech with “I am not just family of a victim - but I was one of the victims and a survivor of the UAE secret torture prisons,” in front of a large group of diplomats, journalists and human rights groups who came to understand the deteriorating human rights situation in the UAE.

Mads Andenaes, former chair of the UN Working Group in the Arbitrary Detention (WGAD), spoke as well and highlighted the case of Alaradi. “The group this February made their opinion public on foreign nationals detained in the UAE. Their arbitrary detention was clearly established by the UN Working Group.”

“I know for a fact that Salim simply wants his dignity and freedom back. When justice is given to him and he is a free man once more - all he wants is to rebuild his life with his children. We are looking forward to have this campaign come to an end… All we are looking for is a just verdict which will help us close this difficult chapter of our lives,” concluded Mohamed. He also met with UN human rights officers and senior officials.

The Libyan Association for Victims of Torture and Enforced Disappearance in the UAE raised the awareness of Alaradi’s case through a very creative and eye catching whiteboard animation video launched at the UN, which has been gaining thousands of views online since.


Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpETIlA8LwE

Marwa, Alaradi’s eldest daughter, has published her first article on the Huffington Post World. Marwa explains “Our campaign’s objective has always been to raise global awareness in hopes that the UAE’s just rulers will recognize that something unjust and illegal is being carried out in their country. The Emirates’ State Security is using the threat of terrorism to misrepresent and distort the situation and to distract not only the international community, but its very own government, from its illegal methods, all in order to cover up the gross human rights violations it is guilty of.” Marwa has been traveling the world advocating for her father. “As long as my father is not safe at home with us, we will keep on fighting.”

 

Updates from Last Hearing

In the last hearing Alaradi from behind a glass wall watched as a State Security agent took the stand to be cross examined. The agent is the author of the primary witness statement in the prosecution file and his accusations are built on secret sources and confessions.

As he was cross examined by lawyers he appeared on edge and contradicted his written statements several times. When challenged on the evidence of alleging Alaradi committed crimes of terrorism, he consistently pointed to the confessions.

During the trial one of the American defendants, Kamal Eldarat, shouted out “you are under oath, you tortured me and threatened my family if I didn’t confess” causing the interrogator to panic but he denied doing so.

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Update on Court-Ordered Forensic Assessment

On February 15th, 2016, as a result of media attention and scrutiny, and trial monitoring by Canadian and American diplomats, the court agreed to a request by the defence lawyers to order a medical examination to determine if Alaradi was tortured.

Last week Alaradi was transferred to the office of a court-selected physician at the Ministry of Justice. His examination took no more than eight minutes. The forensic report will be submitted to the courts on Monday March 21st in the next hearing.

 

Next Hearing

Tomorrow, Monday March 21st, 2016 Alaradi will be brought before the courts for his fourth hearing where it is expected that the forensic medical report will be submitted to the court and the former president of Libya who served during the National Transition Council (NTC), the internationally recognized government after the Libyan revolution, will testify.

 

Recent Media Coverage

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

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

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

Huffington Post World - We Will Not Stop Until Our Father Comes Home

 

Other Media Coverage

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

ICI Radio Canada - Le procès de Salim Alaradi aux Émirats arabes unis ajourné au 29 février

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

 

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) 237-2441
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 UN News Release:

Ms. Amanda Flores, UN Human Rights Officer
T: + 41 22 917 9186
E: [email protected])

Ms. Sonia Cronin, UN Human Rights Officer
T: +41 22 917 9160
E: [email protected]

For comments about the case and the UN Opinion:

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]

Andy Slaughter MP, Shadow Justice Minister
T: +44 (0)20 7610 1950
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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For more details about the case please visit:

 

Campaign Website http://www.freesalimalaradi.com/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/freesalimalaradi
Twitter Account https://twitter.com/freesalimaradi
Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/freesalimalaradi

Prosecution’s case against Canadian Salim Alaradi weakens as more witnesses come forward. Trial postponed to March 21st 2016.

Free Salim Alaradi Campaign

Urgent Update – February 29th 2016

Prosecution’s case against Canadian Salim Alaradi weakens as more witnesses come forward. Trial postponed to March 21st 2016.

Canadian Citizen Detained in United Arab Emirates for 551 Days

At the end of today’s hearing, the judge postponed the trial to March 21st 2016 to allow for the subpoena and testimony of the former President of Libya who served during the National Transition Council (NTC), the internationally recognized government after the Libyan revolution. Canadian citizen Salim Alaradi of Libyan origin, like many Libyans, was a philanthropist who sent relief supplies to help with the suffering of the Libyan people after the revolution in 2011. The legal team intends for the former President of Libya to confirm that Alaradi strictly sent supplies directly to the NTC government, a testimony that will only reaffirm written statements provided by the NTC administration.

The trial was also postponed to allow for the forensic medical assessment, conducted by a court-appointed physician, scheduled to take place this Thursday. The lawyers have no doubt that a fair and independent examination will corroborate that severe torture took place which has been confirmed by the United Nations (UN).

On February 15th a subpoena for the main UAE State Security witness on which the prosecution’s case is built on was approved. The 28 year old state security agent, who was a primary interrogator, was bluntly asked whether Alaradi and the Americans were tortured and coerced into giving confessions and he denied. The Agent appeared nervous and apprehensive during the questioning. The prosecution objected to many questions asked by Alaradi’s legal team, limiting the defense lawyers from pressing on inconsistencies and questionable conclusions that the interrogator made in his written witness statement.

Unfortunately today Alaradi’s nephew and only family member in the UAE was denied entrance to the hearing. Canadian and American officials monitored the hearing.

As this trial develops more witnesses have offered to come forward to contest these bizarre accusations. The former Libyan Minister of Defense and former Deputy Prime Minister have volunteered to testify that Alaradi had no involvement or connections to the groups or activities alleged by the State Security and that Alaradi’s relief work was done through the NTC.

Alaradi was illegally arrested by the State Security in August 2014 as part of a larger sweep of arrests of 10 Libyan businessmen. Since then four have been randomly released, two have been placed in a separate trial, and Alaradi is being tried with three others. The trial of the two Libyans, with very similar accusations, began in October 2015 and was scheduled today to announce the verdict. Instead, the verdict was postponed to March 14th 2016. The outcome of that trial will shed light on the UAE’s commitment to due process and what to expect as Alaradi’s trial develops.

With each hearing the prosecution’s baseless case diminishes and their attempts to hamper the defense team increases. We confirm as per the United Nation’s opinion released on February 15 2016 that Alaradi was arbitrarily detained, ill-treated, subjected to proceedings that are in violation of the UAE law and if offered fair trial standards and due process this case should be dismissed without delay. We request that the UAE fulfil the UN’ decision that has called for Alaradi’s immediate release and compensation for his losses.

Recent Media Coverage

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

 

Other Media Coverage

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

ICI Radio Canada - Le procès de Salim Alaradi aux Émirats arabes unis ajourné au 29 février

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

 

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) 237-2441
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 UN News Release:

Ms. Amanda Flores, UN Human Rights Officer
T: + 41 22 917 9186
E: [email protected])

Ms. Sonia Cronin, UN Human Rights Officer
T: +41 22 917 9160
E: [email protected]

For comments about the case and the UN Opinion:

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]

Andy Slaughter MP, Shadow Justice Minister
T: +44 (0)20 7610 1950
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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Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/freesalimalaradi
Twitter Account https://twitter.com/freesalimaradi
Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/freesalimalaradi

Legal Team for Canadian Citizen Alaradi Categorically Seeks Trial Dismissed Once Torture Forensic Assessment Returns

Free Salim Alaradi Campaign

 

Urgent Update – February 26th 2016

 

Legal Team for Canadian Citizen Alaradi Categorically Seeks Trial Dismissed Once Torture Forensic Assessment Returns

Canadian Citizen Detained in United Arab Emirates for 548 Days

 

The United Nations, international legal experts and human rights organizations have mutually condemned the trial of Canadian citizen Salim Alaradi and two Americans and called for it to be dismissed immediately and Alaradi reunited with his family. Such calls have been based on gross human rights violations tainting the trial and absolutely no possibility of Alaradi receiving a fair trial.

 

Alaradi’s legal team was pleased that the judge accepted the request for the forensic medical assessment because it will serve as the most basic litmus test for a fair trial. The lawyers have no doubt that if the assessment is independently conducted it will confirm shocking torture methods subjected to Alaradi during his detention, specifically in the period of August to November 2014.

 

“We have received credible information according to which the detainees were tortured and forced to sign confessions” said the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez. “The suspects have been also allegedly held incommunicado in secret detention locations and in solitary confinement for prolonged periods of time. This is very troubling as it reinforces the risks of being tortured or ill-treated.”

 

“We have also received reports according to which the sole basis for their conviction is the confessions they were forced to make under torture,” added the United Nations human rights experts. “International law, including the Convention against Torture ratified by the UAE, clearly prohibits the use of any evidence obtained under torture during a trial”.

 

“There is no doubt, in my view, that the assaults of which Mr Alaradi complains amount to torture. Regular beatings, inflicting a level of pain and bruising intended to induce a confession, are torture, and courts have held that bastinado reaches this severity level. Of course, beatings whilst suspended upside down or whilst held in a stress position would obviously qualify,” says Geoffrey Robertson.

 

A number of the survivors released by the UAE State Security who were detained at the same time of Alaradi, including his brother Mohamed Elaradi, had torture medical assessments completed. Mohamed Elaradi was seen by Professor Katona, Medical Director at the Helen Bamber Foundation and holds a degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Cambridge. “In my clinical opinion, Mr Elaradi’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was caused by his arrest, detention and ill-treatment whilst in detention in 2014,” concludes Professor Katona.

 

“There is credible evidence that Salim Alaradi was severely tortured that has been confirmed by Canadian authorities, the United Nations, human rights groups and international human rights lawyers that is further reinforced by Mr. Elaradi’s medical assessment. There should be only one outcome when the forensic physician takes the stand,” says Paul Champ, Alaradi’s Canadian lawyer.

 

“So far as this case is concerned, the duty of the court is to investigate these credible allegations, made by all four defendants, and to reject any confessions that have been induced by the ill-treatment – a remedy specifically required by Article 15 of the Convention against Torture,” concluded Robertson in his in-depth legal review of the case.

 

The legal team is evaluating the medical torture assessment on a very simple argument. In addition to evidence, prior to August 2014 Alaradi and the American defendants were in good health, their hearing and sight had no issues; but today some have permanently lost hearing and losing their sight in addition to several other serious medical conditions. The forensic physician will need to explain what caused this. If the assessment confirms ill-treatment and if due process is followed, the prosecution’s case should be dismissed.

 

“From my point of view we have reached a point in the trial that is black and white. We are very hopeful that my father will be coming home after February 29, but I am also trying to remain realistic and ready for the worst,” says Marwa Alaradi.

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May be re-used for free, without the need to ask for permission (http://lavtedu.com)

 

Recent Media Coverage

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

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

New York Times - 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

ICI Radio Canada - Le procès de Salim Alaradi aux Émirats arabes unis ajourné au 29 février

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

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) 237-2441
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 UN News Release:

Ms. Amanda Flores, UN Human Rights Officer
T: + 41 22 917 9186
E: [email protected])

Ms. Sonia Cronin, UN Human Rights Officer
T: +41 22 917 9160
E: [email protected]

For comments about the case and the UN Opinion:

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]

Andy Slaughter MP, Shadow Justice Minister
T: +44 (0)20 7610 1950
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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For more details about the case please visit:

 

Campaign Website http://www.freesalimalaradi.com/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/freesalimalaradi
Twitter Account https://twitter.com/freesalimaradi
Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/freesalimalaradi

UAE Judge Adjourns Trial to February 29 for Torture Forensic Assessment

Free Salim Alaradi Campaign

Urgent Update – February 15th 2016

UAE Judge Adjourns Trial to February 29 for Torture Forensic Assessment
Canadian Citizen Detained in United Arab Emirates for 537 Days

Today was the first day of the internationally condemned trial of Canadian citizen Salim Alaradi and two American citizens, Kamal and Mohamed El Darat. The Honourable Canadian Ambassador Arif Lalani attended in addition to United States officials.

At the onset of the trial that did not last more than 10 minutes, Alaradi’s lawyers requested a torture forensic medical assessment by an independent physician. The prosecution objected but the judge overruled and agreed to the request.

“The fact that the State Security judge ordered a medical examination over the objections of the prosecutor is obviously a good sign. This could be a sign that the international attention and scrutiny is finally having an impact,” explains Paul Champ, Alaradi’s Canadian lawyer.

The legal team also requested that the judge subpoena the interrogators for questioning.  The judge also accepted this request.

Alaradi was extremely emotional after seeing the Canadian Ambassador and his nephew in the court room. It was the first time he has seen a family member in over 11 months. Alaradi was escorted into a glass cage with the other defendants. Alaradi requested to speak and asked the judge that he be given more than 15 minutes a week for phone call privilege so that he can speak to both his family and his lawyer. Unlike most detainees who are allowed an hour or more for calling family, Alaradi has been limited to 15 minutes.

Today, the United Nations issued a statement ‘condemning’ the trial on the basis of arbitrary detention, violation of rights to health, credible evidence of torture, extremely limited access to their lawyers, and a prosecution merely based on the confessions they were forced to make under torture. “The joint statement issued by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other relevant Special Rapporteurs is an exceptional action by the UN human rights system. This could be a legal turning point,” says Champ.

“In addition to Salim Alaradi there are Kamal Eldarat and his son, Mohamed, American citizens of Libyan origin, who made the mistake of doing business in Dubai.  They are innocent of any wrongdoing.   We are confident that a fair-minded court will almost certainly acquit them.  Both the law and the facts are on their side,” says Greg Craig, US attorney representing the American nationals and a former White House Counsel under President Barack Obama.

The overwhelming definite conclusion of the UN Expert and opinions offered by legal experts including Geoffrey Robertson QC, a former UN judge, has drawn the attention of international media.

“This family day I spend time with my dad, not at home, not in prison, not online, but advocating for his freedom. The UN has clearly demonstrated that each of my father’s basic human rights has been violated and he has no chance for a fair trial. I have been saying this all along and I call on the Canadian government to intervene for his freedom. The day my father is free will be my family day,” says Marwa Alaradi, Alaradi’s eldest Canadian daughter.

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Recent Media Coverage

 BBC - UN experts urge UAE to release Libyan detainees

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

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

New York Times - 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

ICI Radio Canada - Le procès de Salim Alaradi aux Émirats arabes unis ajourné au 29 février

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

 

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) 237-2441
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 UN News Release:

Ms. Amanda Flores, UN Human Rights Officer
T: + 41 22 917 9186
E: [email protected])

Ms. Sonia Cronin, UN Human Rights Officer
T: +41 22 917 9160
E: [email protected]

For comments about the case and the UN Opinion:

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]

Andy Slaughter MP, Shadow Justice Minister
T: +44 (0)20 7610 1950
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: national.coord[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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UN Experts ‘Condemn Trial’ and Release Opinion on Canadian Salim Alaradi Attracting International Attention

Free Salim Alaradi Campaign

Urgent Update – February 15th 2016

 

UN Experts Issued Public Statement ‘Condemning Trial’ and called for immediate and unconditional release of Salim Alaradi and others. UN Experts also issued an Opinion on Canadian Salim Alaradi on Eve of Trial Attracting International Attention of Legal Experts, Government Officials and Human Rights Activists
Canadian Citizen Detained in United Arab Emirates for 537 Days

UN Experts have released a powerful joint statement today condemning the trial of Canadian citizen Salim Alaradi. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGDA), the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health and the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers have called on the UAE to respect the fundamental rights of Alaradi and the American nationals, Kamal and Mohamed El Darat, who have been arbitrarily detained for a year and a half, and called for their immediate and unconditional release.

The WGAD has released its decision today on the arbitrary detention of Alaradi and has attracted international attention around the very questionable UAE trial of Alaradi and two American nationals.

The Working Group, which has been investigating this case since June 2015, will issue findings that the UAE is responsible for the arbitrary detention of Alaradi and it is impossible to invoke any legal basis justifying the detention. It has also concluded that the norms of a fair trial have been violated to an extreme gravity such that Alaradi should be immediately released and provided with adequate and full reparations. The Working Group has noted that the UAE failed to produce any evidence or proof that lawful procedures have been followed. The Working Group has referred the allegations of torture to the Special Rapporteur on torture for appropriate action. The Special Rapporteur has already begun an investigation and in late 2015 requested a state visit to the UAE. (See summary of opinion)

 

This case has drawn the eyes of the international legal community and media to the Abu Dhabi Supreme Court trial beginning today.

Leading UK human rights lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson QC has found the treatment of Alaradi breaches international law. In a published a legal opinion, he describes how a man, with dual Canadian and Libyan nationality was arrested at a Dubai hotel whilst on a family holiday in the middle of the night, and held for 17 months without charge and tortured while held incommunicado.  He explains that Alaradi faces a secret trial in Abu Dhabi on Monday 15 February 2016 on charges of supporting terrorism.  The only evidence against him is confession evidence obtained by torture.  If, as expected, the Supreme Court convicts them, he faces sentences between 10 years and the death penalty, with no right of appeal.

“In my opinion these men have been treated by the state in ways which are manifestly contrary to international law…Their trial cannot be fair unless it is held, at least in part, in public and in that public part the judges consider impartially the allegations of torture and reject any confession obtained thereby” says Robertson.

“The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has been very clear. Salim Alaradi’s rights have been violated through close to 1 ½ years of arbitrary detention. They have also referred concerns about torture for further UN investigation,” said Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada.  “Very importantly the UN WGAD has called for these serious human rights violations to be redressed.  The unfair trial currently underway in UAE is not that remedy. That has to change.”

UK human rights lawyer Sue Willman said “In the past year I have been approached by Canadian, US, Turkish and Palestinians, all of whom spoke of the physical or mental scars of torture at the hands of the Emirati authorities.”

In August 2015 Marwa Alaradi, Alaradi’s eldest Canadian daughter, visited the United Kingdom and met with members of the British Parliament and the House of Lords. The UN Opinion has re-engaged the interest of British parliamentarians. According to the Guardian Andy Slaughter MP, Shadow Justice Minister, has said in response to the UN opinion on Alaradi: “the UK has a special relationship with UAE which should be reviewed in the light of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention report.  This case rings a warning bell to the UK Government, which is sending international development funds to UAE to support the development of legitimate institutions, and selling them large quantities of arms”.

For over 500 days human rights groups, lawyers and the family of Canadian citizen Alaradi and the family of the American nationals have been persistent that these men are political hostages, victims of regional politics and their detainment is related to internal Libyan affairs. On the basis of an arbitrary and pro-longed pre-trial often in solitary confinement and in incommunicado; Alradi’s unwavering innocence plea on January 18th; fabricated charges that rely on tortured ‘confessions’ and secret evidence from State Security officials; a prosecution case that has presented no credible evidence of any wrongdoing; and now an independent United Nations Working Group opinion calling for their immediate release, we are calling on the Emirati judge to uphold the most basic standards of due process, dismiss the charges and send a message that torture can never be tolerated.

 

Information about the trial today will be released shortly.

 

UN Working Group Opinion Introduction and Disposition

 

Media

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) 237-2441
E: [email protected]

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

For comments about the UN News Release:

Ms. Amanda Flores, UN Human Rights Officer
T: + 41 22 917 9186
E: [email protected])

Ms. Sonia Cronin, UN Human Rights Officer
T: +41 22 917 9160
E: [email protected]

For comments about the case and the UN Opinion:

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]

Andy Slaughter MP, Shadow Justice Minister
T: +44 (0)20 7610 1950
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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UAE Prosecution allege Canadian Salim Alaradi participated in revolutionary activities in 2011 but Libya’s Attorney General asserts otherwise

Free Salim Alaradi Campaign

Urgent Update - February 10, 2016

UAE Prosecution allege Canadian Salim Alaradi participated in revolutionary activities in 2011 but Libya’s Attorney General asserts otherwise
Canadian Citizen Detained in United Arab Emirates for 532 Days

On January 18th 2016 when Canadian citizen Salim Alaradi first found out of the charges he was shocked and pleaded not guilty.  As Alaradi counts down the days to the start of his trial on February 15th 2016, his legal team is spending extensive hours reviewing and building his defense. Their analysis has revealed the prosecution has presented no credible evidence of any wrongdoing by the defendants.

Alaradi’s lawyers have informed the family of several contradictions in the prosecution’s file. One such example is the formal charge sheet that states Alaradi supported and financed a Libyan entity called ‘Libya Dawn’ that was established in 2014. However, the prosecution’s file only references activities that Mr Alaradi undertook in 2011, three years before Libya Dawn’s formation and at a time when the Libyan revolution enjoyed widespread support around the world. This is only one example of many arguments that the legal team hopes to raise on February 15th.

The Libyan Attorney General, recognized internationally as the legitimate legal authority in Libya, has issued an affidavit confirming that Alaradi is not subject to any restrictions in Libya and is not wanted by the Office of the Prosecutor General.

The legal team has confirmed that the case against Alaradi and American citizens Kamal and Mohamed Eldarat relates exclusively to events that allegedly took place in Libya. States can exercise jurisdiction over events that take place abroad when it involves their citizens, not applicable in this case, or when the legal authority in the external territory or a legal authority which covers both territories agree. In this case both the Libyan Attorney General and the United Nations, of which both states are members, do not agree with the allegations. Lawyers question the legitimacy of UAE’s decision to prosecute for alleged activities abroad when the country where the activities took place does not recognise any crime committed.

In summary, there are serious errors in the substance of the charges and the evidence that undermine the legitimacy of the trial.

We call on the UAE authorities to discontinue the prosecution and dismiss the charges.

 Media

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

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

Paul Champ, Human rights lawyer representing Salim Alaradi
T: (613) 237-2441
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: +447535587297
E: [email protected]

 

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Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/freesalimalaradi