September 22, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Detainment Renewed for 45 Days
Today Khaled appeared in court for the 45-day detention renewal. He has not been charged and no accusations have been provided to him or his family.
Khaled was transferred early morning from Tora maximum security prison to the court house. Family was not allowed to attend. Both the Canadian and Switzerland Embassies sent delegates to monitor Khaled’s legal proceedings, however, the court security denied them access.
Both Khaled and his lawyers had an opportunity to speak and each focused on Khaled’s critical health conditions. The judge did not give any attention to this issue and once again renewed Khaled’s detainment for another 45 days, for the 14th time, without reason.
Khaled will next appear in front of a judge for renewal in mid-October. He will then have reached 500 days of arbitrary detention in solitary confinement; being the longest detained political prisoner since July 3, 2013 in Egypt.
Recently, activists including Alaa Abdelfatah and Mehinour El-Masry, who were unlawfully charged and facing trials, have been released. Their cases had received widespread international attention and their release is welcomed and is a sign of hope for all activists. Like them, Khaled is an acclaimed educator, youth activist, human rights champion and revolutionary. Khaled spent the 18 days of the January 25 revolution in Tahrir Square in belief of a free and democratic Egypt.
The United Nations Human Rights Council has issued an opinion stating that Khaled should be released. The international community should likewise demand Khaled’s immediate release.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 445 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.
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