Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Press Release: Three Major Updates

Updates on Khaled, Campaign NewsSarah Attia

June 26, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

359 Days
Three Major Updates: Sarah Attia Releases Letter to Egypt Prosecutor General;
Khaled’s Father Released; and June 28 Rally Location Change

 

After the events of this week, Sarah Attia, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Canadian born wife, has issued a letter to the Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat. The Guardian has published the letter and hopefully it will gain international attention and make it to the Prosecutor General’s desk.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/26/illegally-held-egyptian-prison-prosecutor-general-egypt

Yesterday Sarah Attia received confirmation that her father-in-law was released on the basis of health conditions. He is scheduled next week for open-heart surgery. Mr. Qazzaz, a 70 year old education consultant and business man, was unlawfully arrested in October 2013 and detained in Tora prison without charges for almost 9 months.

Rally Location Change

The Saturday June 28 rally for the freedom of Khaled Al-Qazzaz and Mohamed Fahmy has been re-located to Mississauga Civic Centre near Celebration Square.

Supporters for justice in Canada are calling for both Khaled and Mohamed to be released. On June 28 Canadians will gather at Mississauga Civic centre to urge the Canadian federal government to recognise the human rights violations, speak out against the lack of due process taking place in Egypt, and demand Khaled and Mohamed’s release.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz and Mohamed Fahmy have suffered in solitary confinement in neighbouring cells until Mohamed was relocated. Khaled remains in solitary confinement without charge. Mohamed Fahmy has been sentenced to 7 years in prison.

Recent Media

The Guardian – Sarah Attia releases a letter to the Egyptian Prosecutor General - My husband has been illegally held in an Egyptian prison for a year. Enough

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/26/illegally-held-egyptian-prison-prosecutor-general-egypt

The Star - Canadian family of another Egyptian detainee ‘hit hard’ by Fahmy ruling

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/06/25/canadian_family_of_another_egyptian_detainee_hit_hard_by_fahmy_ruling.html#

Interview Opportunities: 

Sarah 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
Mississauga Civic Centre
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.

Postcard Campaign
Supporters 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.

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 359 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