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Windsor businessman charged with funding terrorist groups

Trial of Canadian Salim Alaradi began Monday.

After spending 17 months in a Middle Eastern prison, Windsor businessman Salim Alaradi has been charged with several terrorism-related charges.

During a court appearance in the United Arab Emirate on Monday, Alaradi finally found out he's been charged with funding and cooperating with terrorist organizations, according to Ottawa human rights lawyer Paul Champ.

Alaradi pleaded not guilty to all charges. He also tried to explain the torture he claims he's endured, but the judge told him to wait until the trial continues Feb. 15 to get into those details.

"He tried to roll up his sleeves to show torture marks on his arms and the judge said that wasn't necessary for now and he could raise those issues later in the trial," Champ said.

Alaradi was taken from a hotel room in August 2014 and been in custody ever since. According to Champ, the businessman manufactures appliances in the UAE and sells them in the Middle East and Africa.

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