The brother of a Libyan-Canadian businessman who was allegedly tortured by United Arab Emirates security forces says he is encouraged about the prospects of his brother's release after two other Libyans were acquitted in court last week.

Mohamed Elaradi spoke to The Associated Press in Geneva ahead of a legal hearing in the case of his brother, Salim, in the Gulf state on Monday. A verdict in Salim Alaradi's case is expected next month.

They were among 10 Libyan businessmen and two dual American nationals detained in UAE in August 2014. He was put in solitary confinement and was forced to listen to the screams of his brother while he was tortured.

Elaradi was released in December that year, while Salim — who spells his name differently — was not.