Family Member of Imprisoned Americans Fighting for their Lives in UAE to Call for Their Release and Discuss Details of Upcoming Trial at Newsmaker March 14, 10 a.m.

10 Mar, 2016, 10:44 ET from National Press Club

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Amal Eldarat, the daughter and sister of American citizens who were tortured and have been unlawfully imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for more than 550 days, will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference, Monday, March 14, at 10 a.m. in the club's Bloomberg Room.

She will provide an update on her family's case and urge the UAE to immediately release her family members. The news conference comes exactly one week before Kamal and Mohamed Eldarat are scheduled to return to court to face trial on fabricated charges. Joining Ms. Eldarat:

  • Greg Craig, former White House counsel under President Barack Obama and current counsel for the Eldarat family
  • Brian Dooley, director of Human Rights Defenders at Human Rights First, a non-profit, non-partisan international human rights advocacy organization

Kamal Eldarat and his son, Mohamed Eldarat, are fighting for their lives in a case founded on fictional charges that are clear violations of UAE and international law. Independent human rights organizations have reported that the Eldarats have been psychologically and physically tortured while being held and have been denied access to their families and legal counsel.

On the first day of the Eldarats' trial in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 15, after ten minutes, the judge adjourned the case until Feb. 29 to allow for two new expert witnesses to be called. On February 29, after only 30 minutes, the trial was once again delayed to allow for additional witnesses and a forensic medical assessment to be completed.  The Eldarats are due back in court on Monday, March 21.

The National Press Club is located on the 13th floor of the National Press Building, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.  This event is open to credentialed media and NPC members, free of charge. No advanced registration is required.

Contact:  David Hodes, NPC Newsmakers Deputy Chair and news conference organizer, 202-596-5037, dhodes11@gmail.com

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SOURCE National Press Club