October 27, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Detainment Renewal Scheduled for Tuesday October 28, 2014
Khaled’s lawyers have been notified that his next court appearance will take place on Tuesday October 28, 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 15th renewal if he is not released.
On September 23, 2014 international medical practitioners and health professionals signed an open letter sent to Egypt’s Office of the Public Prosecutor urging for release on medical grounds considering Khaled’s urgent need for surgery (http://goo.gl/gxjuhh). Since then Khaled was approved for a temporary release for his surgery and was transferred on Sunday October 26, 2014.
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. On November 15, 2014, Khaled will have reached 500 days of arbitrary detention. Khaled has still yet to be charged or have any accusations disclosed, and he continues to be held in arbitrary detention. Khaled’s family, friends and supporters are hoping for his release on October 28.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 475 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 and in international community for help for over seven months but Khaled’s release has not been secured.
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