Salim Alaradi's daughter calling on PM to help free dad from U.A.E prison

The daughter of a Canadian detained in the United Arab Emirates is taking her father’s case to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Marwa Alaradi reaches out on YouTube. Alaradi asks for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's help freeing her father. Video is courtesy of YouTube. 2:45

The daughter of a Canadian detained in the United Arab Emirates is taking her father's case to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Salim Alaradi has been jailed without charges in the United Arab Emirates for more than a year.  

Marwa Alaradi, 18, published a video addressing Trudeau directly Monday, calling on him to publicly pressure the U.A.E to release her father.

"This is not the case of a criminal," Marwa Alaradi told CBC News in a phone interview. "This is a human rights case and an injustice has been done to my family. My father has been kidnapped, tortured and interrogated and he's had no charges."   

Marwa Alaradi was speaking from Qatar, where her family is living while they advocate for Salim's release. Before his arrest, the family was living in Windsor, Ont.

She said her dad recently got a visit from officials with the Canadian embassy in the U.A.E. She says they told her his health is deteriorating. 

"I want some action. I want it to be seen," she said. "I want to see somebody standing with us and saying, 'There's a Canadian citizen who's been treated badly."

Salim Alaradi was born in Libya and immigrated to Canada from the U.A.E., along with his family, in the 1990s.

In 2007, he returned to the UAE to open a home appliance business with his brother.

His family has said that he was taken away by the security service during a vacation last year.