Canadian Salim Alaradi's court case continues in U.A.E.
UN calls Emirates case against Alaradi 'unpersuasive'
As Salim Alaradi's trial continues in the United Arab Emirates, human rights experts are calling for his release, along with four other Libyans who all were allegedly tortured while in detention for more than a year.
United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health, Dainius Puras, says most of the detainees don't have adequate access to medical care and face health problems, including loss of sight and hearing due to the alleged torture.
Alaradi, whose family has settled in Windsor, Ont., continued his trial Feb. 15 in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
His lawyer, Paul Champ told CBC News that Arif Lalani, the Canadian ambassador to the U.A.E. and Alaradi's nephew Ahmed Elaradi were present in the courtroom.
According to Champ, it was the first time Alaradi was able to see any of his family for more than a year.
The judge hearing the case ruled Alaradi's interrogators need to take the stand and Alaradi undergo a forensic medical exam to search for signs of torture. The prosecutor argued it was impossible for the interrogator to be found on the 15th and objected to the medical tests, Champ said.
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"We've maintained throughout that these allegations are fabricated and really this [trial] is an example of political interference by the U.A.E.," Champ said.
The trial is being heard by a single judge in the State Security Chamber. There is no jury and no right of appeal, Champ said.
"It's obviously quite a serious matter," Champ said. "We're hopeful that this single judge, with the signs we saw today, is going to respect human rights and the rule of law."
The UN on Monday identified the four other Libyan individuals as Adel Rajab Beleid Nasef, Moad Mohamed Al Hashmi, and father and son Kamal Ahmed Al Darrat and Mohamed Kamal Al Darrat, who are also U.S. nationals.
The experts said they found a reply from Emirati authorities about their cases "unpersuasive."
Champ previously told CBC News the entirety of the United Arab Emirates' case against Alaradi comes from confessions made under torture.
During a court appearance in the United Arab Emirates on Jan. 18, Alaradi found out he's been charged with funding and cooperating with terrorist organizations, according to Champ.
Champ said Alaradi is a businessman selling appliances in the Middle East and Africa.
Alaradi's trial is set to resume Feb. 29.
With files from the Associated Press