September 10, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Appeal Scheduled while Health Conditions Worsen
Lawyers of Canadian permanent resident, Khaled Al-Qazzaz, have informed Sarah Attia, his Toronto-born wife, that Khaled will be in court again on Wednesday September 10, for the appeal of the extension of his detainment. On August 6, 2014 a judge extended Khaled's continued detainment without charge for another 45 days.
Sarah, her family and thousands of supporters across Canada are hoping that Khaled will receive justice on Wednesday and be re-united with his family.
Khaled is the longest detained political prisoner in Egypt, imprisoned since July 3, 2013. 434 days of detainment without charge is unequivocally arbitrary detention and should not be allowed by any justice system.
Several days ago Khaled’s family visited him in Tora prison. They found that his health conditions have severely deteriorated. He is experiencing continuous extensive pain. Eight independent Canadian physician assessments of an MRI from June 2014 have found that Khaled’s solitary confinement is exacerbating pressure on his nerves and if left untreated, Khaled will be at risk of permanent paralysis and at risk of failure in his respiratory muscles or phrenic nerve, which controls breathing and could result in death. The family is hoping that the prosecutor and judge will release him on medical grounds.
“Khaled did not break any laws. He only served the Egyptian people trying to bring positive change to Egypt. He does not deserve this injustice,” says Sarah. “I assume that after 434 days the prosecutor’s office has completed investigations and found nothing. It is time to release him.”
ABC News - Wife of Egyptian political prisoner launches UN bid to free him in the hope it will help thousands of others
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Egypt, Counterterrorism, and the Politics of Alienation
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 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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