September 16, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Renewal Postponed to Sept 22
Today Khaled lawyers arrived in court to be informed that Khaled wasn't brought into court because of "conditions in the prison". There was no further information provided and it is unclear as to what conditions would deter Khaled’s transfer.
The detention renewal court appearance has been postponed to Monday September 22, 2014.
The Canadian and Switzerland Embassies in Cairo both sent diplomats to monitor the court proceedings. 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. She hope's further states will support Khaled’s appeal for justice and join in monitoring this case of clear arbitrary detention.
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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