September 10, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Appeal Rejected without Reason
On August 6, 2014, after being held without charge for 400 days, a Cairo judge extended Khaled Al-Qazzaz's detainment for another 45 days.
Today, Khaled appeared in front of another judge to appeal that decision. Khaled and his lawyers had an opportunity to present their case. They argued that after 434 days without charge and his deteriorating health, Khaled should be released immediately. The judge rejected the appeal without reason.
Sarah Attia, Khaled's Canadian born wife, has continued to call on the Canadian government and the international community to monitor Khaled’s court appearances and urgently assist in securing his immediate release. The Canadian Embassy in Cairo sent a representative to attend.
Khaled will appear in front of a judge again next week for his 45 day renewal. Until then, Khaled’s family and friends will continue to advocate for his release. They continue to hope that the United Nations Human Rights Council, while in session this month, takes a stance on the human rights crisis in Egypt and calls on Egypt to comply with its opinion issued in November 2013 for Khaled’s immediate and unconditional release.
Last week Khaled and Sarah's four young children started school for the second year in a row without their father. They miss him dearly and hope that he comes home soon.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 430 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's health has deteriorated due to the conditions of his detainment and is at risk of permanent paralysis if not provided with appropriate medical care immediately.
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 and the international community to urgently assist in securing his immediate release.
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