Kamal Eldarat

On Monday, two Americans who have been held in an Emirati jail for almost two years will find out in court whether they will be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. Successful businessmen Kamal Ahmed Eldarat, age 58, and his son Mohamed, who is 33, were tortured into making false confessions and given a sham trial.
I have been campaigning for my father's freedom for over 600 days. For over 600 days our family, human rights groups and the United Nations have been stressing that Salim Alaradi is innocent.
My father has become a pawn in this political game. He is a Canadian citizen, a businessman, and the father of five children. He has a lot to live for and the UAE's State Security is willing to ignore these realities, all for the sake of petty politics.
The United Arab Emirates claims the men supported militant Islamists in Libya.
Bad press hits the UAE just as the fall in oil prices is curbing its influence.