Free Salim Alaradi Campaign
Update – May 31st 2016
Canadian Salim Alaradi Released But Yet to be Reunited with His Family
Canadian Citizen Detained in United Arab Emirates for 643 Days
Yesterday the United Arab Emirates Supreme Court State Security Chamber confirmed the innocence of Canadian businessman Salim Alardi with an acquittal after 21 months of detention but Alaradi was re-detained since.
Two hour ago, 10 pm Abu Dhabi time, Alaradi’s lawyer was notified that he could be picked up from Al Whatba prison. Soon after he was released with his local lawyer and he is currently safe with him.
Lawyers and family welcome the release but are cautious until he leaves the country and is reunited safely with his family. Tomorrow morning Canadian officials will continue to provide assistance and will accompany Alaradi to the airport.
With his release, Alaradi plans to leave the country to seek proper medical attention at a hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. He has suffered greatly during his imprisonment and he requires medical care. He has kidney problems, severe back pain, numbness in his extremities, ringing in his ears and problems with his vision. He previously had heart surgery and that is also a serious concern to his family. After he has been cleared by medical professionals to travel, Alaradi and his family plan to return to their home in Windsor, Ontario.
While we are grateful for this long overdue freedom, this ordeal has not ended until he is safely back home with his family. We call on the Canadian government and the United Arab Emirates to continue to arrange Alaradi’s immediate safe return to his family.
Recent Media Coverage:
For further details about Salim Alaradi’s situation and the progress of the case in UAE:
Paul Champ, Human rights lawyer representing Salim Alaradi
T: (613) 816-2441
Greg Craig, Lawyer for co-accused US nationals Kamal and Mohamed El Darat
Marwa Alaradi, Salim Alaradi’s eldest daughter
For further background about this case and related human rights concerns in UAE:
John Tackaberry, Media Officer, Amnesty International Canada
T: (613) 744-7667, extension 236
Monia Mazigh, National Coordinator-International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group
T: (613) 241-5298
Nicholas McGeehan, UAE researcher at Human Rights Watch
Drewery Dyke, UAE Researcher at Amnesty International
T: +44 (0) 75 3558 7297
For more details about the case please visit:
Campaign Website http://www.freesalimalaradi.com/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/freesalimalaradi
Twitter Account https://twitter.com/freesalimaradi
Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/freesalimalaradi