A judge in the United Arab Emirates has allowed a medical forensic examination of two detained Libyan Americans to determine if they were tortured by UAE state security officers.

A U.S.-based lawyer for the two said Tuesday that Kamal Eldarat and his son Mohammed Eldarat were arrested in Aug. 2014 in the UAE, where they are residents. It wasn't until January 2016 that they were formally charged with providing material support to two Libyan rebel groups affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, which the UAE has designated a terrorist group.

Greg Craig says his clients deny the charges and say they were mistreated during interrogation. Craig says the trial judge approved a medical examination to investigate their allegations of torture.