Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Press Release: 399 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz Court Appearance Scheduled for August 5, 2014

Ridwan Al-Nachawati

August 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

399 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz Court Appearance Scheduled for Tuesday August 5, 2014

Khaled Al-Qazzaz has been illegally detained without charge for almost 400 days.  He is being held in solitary confinement in a maximum-security prison.   On June 25, 2014 Khaled’s illegal detainment was extended for an additional 45 days.   On July 1 2014, the Prosecutor General placed Khaled and other detainees in his ward under further lock-down denying them of family and lawyer visits for one month.

Khaled’s lawyers have been notified that his next court appearance will take place on Tuesday August 5, 2014. On that day, a judge will decide whether Khaled should be released or if his detainment should continue for another 45 days.

Prior to Khaled’s enforced lock-down, medical reports had shown that his solitary confinement has caused, and is exacerbating, numerous medical problems that may lead to paralysis and permanent disability if not treated immediately.  For the last 30 days without access to visits, Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Canadian born wife, has been concerned that his health is rapidly deteriorating and fears more permanent damage.
“I am extremely concerned about Khaled’s conditions and I am calling for Khaled to be transferred to a hospital where he has access to proper medical attention,” says Sarah Attia. Khaled’s family hopes that his 30 day lock-down will not be renewed and his rights to family and lawyer will be allowed.

Sarah has called on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s court appearance and urgently assist in securing the immediate release of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.

On July 15 prominent Canadians stood alongside Sarah Attia at Parliament Hill and presented an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the situation of Khaled Al-Qazzaz.  To date no response has been given to Sarah or her family.

Recent Media

The London Free Press: Lack of compassion a vile choice
http://www.lfpress.com/2014/07/25/islam-view-lack-of-compassion-a-vile-choice

Call to Action

The Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz Campaign is calling on friends and supporters to mail post cards to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird.

Print and mail your own post card!
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com/write-a-letter-of-support/

Background

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 399 days. He has been held without charges for over 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 Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionist. 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 over 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