US 'concerned' about Libyan-Americans on trial in UAE

May 28, 2016 01:56

 WASHINGTON - The US State Department said on Friday it was "concerned" about the case of two Libyan-American businessmen charged by the United Arab Emirates with supporting Libyan militants amid allegations they were tortured into signing a confession.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the case of Kamal Eldarat and his son, Mohamed Eldarat, had been raised with UAE officials by the US ambassador. A verdict in the case was expected on Monday. Toner said U.S. officials would be present.

The Eldarats were initially charged with terrorism-related offenses, but the prosecutor in March changed the charges to providing support to Libyan militants and collecting donations without state permission. They face up to 15 years in prison.

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