June 2, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Appeal Hearing Scheduled for June 3
On May 17, 2014 Khaled Al-Qazzaz appeared before a judge for the first time to rule on his release. Khaled's detainment was extended for 45 days in solitary confinement once again. Neither the prosecution nor the judge provided any reasons for their decision.
Last week, Khaled’s legal team submitted an appeal application. Today, the appeal hearing was announced for June 3, 2014 to take place at the Police Academy Court.
Khaled has not been charged with any wrong doing. His lawyers will be arguing that his detainment is unlawful and that he should be released immediately as required by Egyptian and international law.
On May 30, 2014 Minister John Baird issued a statement regarding the elections in Egypt. “The conclusion of voting in Egypt’s presidential election is a key step along Egypt’s path to democracy... Canada is committed to supporting Egypt in making a peaceful and meaningful transition to democracy, based on respect for human rights, freedom and the rule of law.”
“If Canada is committed to the respect of human rights, freedom and the rule of law in Egypt, then our Canadian government should do everything in its power to make sure Khaled receives a fair hearing and is released immediately,” says Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian wife.
Sarah, born and raised in Canada, is calling on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s hearing and urgently assist in securing the immediate 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 334 days. He 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.
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.
Sarah has been calling on the Canadian government for help for two months but little progress has been made.
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