Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Press Release: 400 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz 45-Day Detention Renewal Decision Delayed

Aaida Mamuji

August 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

400 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz 45-Day Detention Renewal Decision Delayed

Today Khaled was scheduled for a 45-day detention renewal. He has not been charged to date and no accusations have been provided to the family.
Khaled was transferred early morning from Tora maximum security prison to the court house. Family was not allowed to attend. Khaled was wearing a neck brace and continues to suffer from the conditions that he is being held in.

This week the metal cage used for the defendants was replaced by a glass cage.  The cage had low visibility and Khaled could only hear through a speaker. According to Khaled’s lawyers, this cage is against Egyptian law. 

Khaled and his lawyers were allowed to speak to the judge and argue that he should be released.  However, after waiting for a few hours, the lawyers were informed that the judge delayed his decision to tomorrow. “Khaled was an activist, a human rights defender and believer of a new democratic and free Egypt. He has not done anything wrong and his prolonged detainment is an injustice to his sacrifice for Egypt.  I remain hopeful for Khaled’s release tomorrow. I remain hopeful that the judge will decide in Khaled’s favor,” says Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Canadian born wife.

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. The Canadian Embassy in Cairo sent a representative to attend.

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. Yesterday Khaled’s family applied for a prison visit and were informed that the lock-down has been lifted and they should be able to see Khaled soon.

On July 15, 2014, prominent Canadians stood alongside Sarah Attia at Parliament Hill and presented an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling on the Canadian government to intervene.  To date no response has been given to Sarah or her family.

Recent Media

Mississauga woman says her husband's health is declining in Egyptian prison
http://www.ourwindsor.ca/news-story/4733735-mississauga-woman-says-her-husband-s-health-is-declining-in-egyptian-prison/

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 399days. 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