Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Press Release: Unanticipated Rescheduling of Court Appearance to June 24

Campaign News, Updates on KhaledSarah Attia

June 23, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 356 Days
Unanticipated Rescheduling of Court Appearance to June 24

Following the unfortunate news of Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian wife, was contacted by lawyers in Cairo and informed that his court appearancehas been rescheduled from July 1st to June 24, 2014 – tomorrow.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz has not been charged for 356 days.  In 9 days, he will complete a year of unlawful detainment in solitary confinement.

Lawyers have not been informed of reasons for the unexpected date change.  No formal accusations have been shared.  Why Khaled is being detained remains unknown.

Khaled’s family is concerned that he will become locked into a continuous cycle of solitary confinement extensions without ever having fair legal process. Sarah is urgently calling on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s court appearance and demand Khaled's immediate release.

Recent Media

World Bulletin has published an article on June 20, 2014. 
“Canadian still in Egyptian prison after a year”

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/139299/canadian-still-in-egyptian-prison-after-a-year

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah is available for interviews to discuss the July 3rd military coup anniversary, the ordeal that her family continues to live through and the future of her husband’s release given the current climate in Egypt. If you would like to interview her, please get in touch with us through the information below.

Media Coverage of Court Appearance 

Sarah is urging media to bring Khaled’s court appearance to the world. Cairo correspondence available to attend the court appearance tomorrow should contact our team to receive details of time, location and access information.

Call to Action

Supports of the Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign are calling on Canadians to mail postcards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.

Print and mail your your postcard or use our online form and we will send it for you.

http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/postcard-campaign/

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 356 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.

Toronto-born Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, has been calling on the Canadian government for help for two months but little progress has been made

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