June 24, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Renewed for 45 Days but Canadians Want Khaled to Come Home Now
Today Khaled Al-Qazzaz appeared before a judge to determine if his solitary confinement detainment will be renewed for another 45 days. When given an opportunity to address the judges, Khaled spoke out and told them, "this is your chance to show the world that the Egyptian judiciary can serve justice." The judge simply renewed his sentence without charge for another 45 days. A delegate from the Canadian embassy attended the court appearance.
In court today Khaled was informed that his father, who is detained in a military hospital, requires open-heart surgery after suffering two heart attacks in Torah prison. Khaled’s 75 year old father is being held without charge by Egyptian authorities. Khaled was also informed that his uncle passed-away on Sunday June 22, 2014.
Several supporters across Canada have teamed up to send the Canadian government a message: “Hon. Stephen Harper, pick up the phone and call President Sisi. Khaled Al-Qazzaz must be released!”
As of today, over 4000 post cards have been mailed. The campaign hopes that before July 3, 2014, Khaled’s 35thbirthday, over 10,000 postcards will be delivered to the Canadian government.
On June 28, 2014 Canadians will gather at Queens Park to rally the Canadian Federal Government to take more action. A minimum of 365 people will come out to represent 365 days of silence that Khaled has had to endure in isolation.
The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign has been urging the Canadian government to pressure Egyptian authorities to release Khaled since early April. While the Government of Canada has offered incremental support, little progress has been made. Unless something is done, July 3rd will mark 365 days of Khaled’s unlawful detainment in a maximum-security prison in solitary confinement without charge.
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Canadian Sarah Attia, Khaled’s wife, is available for interviews to discuss Khaled’s renewed maximum security detainment. If you would like to interview her, please get in touch with us through the information below.
Call to Action
Khaled Al-Qazzaz - Rally For His Freedom - Bring Khaled Home!
Saturday, June 28 at 3:00 PM
Queens Park in Toronto, Ontario
We are calling on a minimum of 365 supporters to come out. Each person will represent one day of solitary confinement - one day of silence - one day of Khaled's voice.
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 postcard or use our online form and we will send it for you.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 357 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.
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