Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

496 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Renewal Appeal Re-Scheduled

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

November 10, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

496 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Renewal Appeal Re-Scheduled

On November 3 Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s lawyers attended the scheduled appeal of his latest detention renewal issued by a judge on October 28, 2014. Upon arriving they discovered the case was assigned to the same judge who passed the renewal decision.  This resulted in an incorrect legal proceeding and therefore it was cancelled.  The lawyers have been informed that the appeal has been re-scheduled to Tuesday November 11, 2014.
 
Khaled’s critical health condition will not allow for him to leave the hospital and attend his appeal.
 
Khaled has not been charged to date and no accusations have been provided to his legal team. November 15 will mark 500 days of his arbitrary detention.
 
Khaled's family hopes that the prosecutor general will issue a release on medical grounds in light of his ailing health. Khaled’s family and friends are looking forward to being re-united with him soon.

Background
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained without charge in Egypt for over 480 days. Khaled spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect-infested cell slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons. Khaled's health has deteriorated due to the conditions of his detainment and is at risk of permanent paralysis if not provided with appropriate medical care immediately.
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionary. Khaled was a staffer, bureaucrat and civil servant of a democratically elected government and he exercised his rights to freedom of expression and association peacefully.
 
Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government and international community to urgently assist in securing Khaled’s immediate release.
 
Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:

 Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com