Libyan detainees in UAE facing unfair trial, HRW warns

Libyan detainees in UAE facing unfair trial, HRW warns

February 06, 2016 - 21:15
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Written By: AbdullahBenIbrahim

Human Rights Watch has warned of unfair trial for the detained Libyan businessmen in the UAE.

“Multiple serious due process violations in pretrial detention make it highly unlikely that four Libyans charged with links to armed and political groups in Libya can receive a fair trial in the United Arab Emirates.” The HRW said in a statement Thursday.

The WHR explained that UAE authorities refused to allow Paul Champ, the Canadian lawyer representing the defendant Salim Al-Aradi, to enter the state security chamber at the Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi to monitor the trial.

“People who attended the hearing told him that Al-Aradi attempted to show the judge marks on his arms that he claimed were the result of torture and that all of the men told the judge that they had been tortured in pretrial detention.” Champ said.

The HRW also stated that Greg Craig, an American lawyer representing Mohammed and Kamal El-Darat, spoke to Mohamed El-Darat by telephone on January 20, 2016 and that he said he had suffered interrogation techniques that left him deaf in his left ear.

“UAE authorities should undertake independent and timely criminal investigations into these credible allegations of torture and enforced disappearance, all of those who have alleged abuse should receive independent forensic medical exams, and any evidence obtained by torture should be excluded from any trial.” Stressed the HRW.

In the meantime, The Federal Supreme Court in the UAE has set February 29 as a date for announcing a verdict in the case of two detained Libyan businessmen Muad Al-Harari and Adel Nasef on charges of terrorism.

The UAE authorities 10 Libyan businessmen and accused them of sponsoring the General National Congress and Libya Dawn Operation back in August 2014, however, they set free four of them in December of the same year including Rifaat Hadagha, who talked about the  he received during his detention.

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