November 11, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Appeal Postponed to November 17
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s family had hoped that today a decision would be made that would allow them to be re-united with their father before he reached 500 days of arbitrary detention. However, the family was informed that his appeal was cancelled without reasons and re-scheduled to Monday November 17, 2014.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained without charge in Egypt for over 480 days. Khaled 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 revolutionary. 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 international community to urgently assist in securing Khaled’s immediate release.
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