May 13, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled Al-Qazzaz Court Appearance Announced on May 14
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s legal team has been notified that he will appear in court tomorrow, Wednesday May 14, 2014, for the first time since his detainment.
Khaled is being held solely for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of expression and association, including his work as a staff member of a democratically elected government.
Hundreds of cases have been opened and are actively in trial, however, Khaled has not been accused of any wrongdoing and has been held without charges.
“Both prosecutor’s investigators said that there is no real case and [it] would not stand in court. I was not asked a single question about any accusations or anything I did until this moment.” Khaled Al-Qazzaz, April 27 2014
Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz's Canadian wife, calls on the Canadian government and Egyptian Embassy to urgently assist in securing the immediate safety and prompt release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for 315 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 slightly larger than a broom closet in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons.
According to Egyptian legal due process, after 5 months of detainment without charge the detainee must appear before a judge who decides whether to release the individual or to further extend the detention. Khaled has been detained since July 3, 2013, the day of the military coup, but the Egyptian authorities refuse to recognize the 168 days in which he was held in an undisclosed location without legal process. Khaled was transferred to Tora Prison on December 17 and as such, his 5 months of detainment in Tora will expire on May 17, 2014.
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.
Further information can be found at www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com.
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