May 11, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled Al-Qazzaz Court Appearance Delayed Without Notice
May 10 was the planned trial date for Khaled’s first appearance in front of a judge. Khaled and his legal counsel were on standby, however, Khaled was never transferred to the courts.
According to Egyptian legal due process, after 5 months of detainment without charge the detainee must appear before a judge to decide whether to release the individual or approve further extension. The Egyptian authorities refuse to recognise the 168 days in which Khaled was held in an undisclosed location without legal process and as such Khaled’s 5 months of detainment in Torah will expire on May 17, 2014.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s legal team is actively working to determine the new scheduled date. They are expecting Khaled to appear in court at any moment. It has been common in other cases that the Judiciary system announce court cases the day of, resulting in lawyers being unaware of their client’s trial.
Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Canadian-born wife, is seriously concerned that Khaled may not have proper legal representation if his trial date is not announced with sufficient notice.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for 313 days. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing and has been held without charges for nearly one year now. Khaled currently spends his days and nights in solitary confinement in a cramped insect infested cell with only a blanket and a non-functioning toilet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.
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