UAE acquittals encourage brother of man allegedly tortured

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Posted: Mar 21, 2016 8:21 AM

GENEVA (AP) — The brother of a Libyan-Canadian businessman who was allegedly tortured by United Arab Emirates security forces says he is encouraged about the prospects of his brother's release after two other Libyans were acquitted in court last week.

Mohamed Elaradi spoke to The Associated Press in Geneva ahead of a legal hearing in the case of his brother, Salim, in the Gulf state on Monday. A verdict in Salim Alaradi's case is expected next month.

They were among 10 Libyan businessmen and two American dual nationals detained in UAE in August 2014. Elaradi was put in solitary confinement and says he was forced to listen to the screams of his brother while he was tortured.

Elaradi was released in December that year, while Salim — who spells his name differently — was not.

Last week, the Supreme Federal Court in Abu Dhabi acquitted Libyans Adel Rajab Beleid Nassif and Muaz Mohammed Habib Al Hashemi of charges of joining in or supporting militant or terrorists groups in Libya, including Libyan Dawn and Ansar Al Sharia, the state-run WAM news agency reported.

"This outcome has offered encouragement that the UAE judicial system has chosen in this case not to tolerate the state security's approach of acting outside of the law," said Elaradi. "This verdict has given us hope for a similar outcome in Salim's case."

U.N. human rights experts last month demanded that UAE immediately release him and other Libyans, including U.S. dual nationals Kamal Ahmed al-Darrat and Mohamed Kamal al-Darrat, who were allegedly subjected to waterboarding, electric shocks and lockups in a freezer over the last year and a half.

Alaradi, a 48-year-old father of five and chief executive of a home appliance company, was arrested on Aug. 28, 2014 while on vacation in a Dubai hotel. At around midnight that day, the report said, Alaradi received a call asking him to come to the hotel, where he was detained by plain-clothes police officers.