September 15, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Detainment Renewal Scheduled for Tuesday September 16, 2014
Khaled’s lawyers have been notified that his next court appearance will take place on Tuesday September 16, 2014. On that day, a judge will decide whether Khaled should be released or if his detainment should continue for another 45 days. This will be Khaled’s 14th renewal if he is not released.
International medical practitioners and health professionals are signing an open letter to the prosecutor urging for a medical pardon considering Khaled’s urgent need for surgery. The lawyers hope to present this letter to the prosecutor general in hope of securing Khaled’s release.
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.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 440 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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