Salim Alaradi, a Canadian of Libyan origin, was one of 10 Libya-connected businessmen who were arrested back in the summer of 2014. He has been detained in Abu Dhabi prison ever since.
|It is still not clear what the charges will be but the case will be heard behind closed doors on January 18, so the charges should be known soon. The UAE is a strong supporter of CIA-linked Khalifa Haftar, the commander in chief of the Libyan National Army associated with the internationally-recognized House of Representatives (HoR) based in Tobruk. However, it also expresses support for the UN-sponsored Government of National Accord that should soon take over as the sole legitimate government. The role of Haftar in the new government is not yet clear. The UAE shares the anti-Islamist views of Haftar especially concerning the Muslim Brotherhood. The arrest of the 10 business men was probably designed to gain intelligence on the operation of Islamist groups in Libya especially in the areas controlled by the rival government the General National Congress in Tripoli. They may also have been attempting to recruit spies to gather intelligence.|
"I feel happy because this is the first sign of hope that my father's case will come to an end and he will be reunited with our family again...My father has gone through a great injustice. The torture he was subjected to has been seen by the world."