October 28, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Detainment Renewed Once More
Today Khaled Al-Qazzaz did not attend his renewal court appearance due to his critical medical condition. He had been transferred to hospital last Sunday October 26, 2014.
The prosecution did not attend the renewal hearing. The lawyer’s focused on three major arguments while addressing the judge. They raised the judge’s attention to Khaled’s critical medical condition, the arbitrary detention that has almost reached 500 days and the lack of any case presented by the prosecution to date after 16 months of investigation. The judge postponed the decision to the end of the business day where he announced his decision to once more renew Khaled’s detention.
Khaled’ family and Sarah Attia, Khaled's Canadian born wife, are very grateful that he has been transferred to hospital for treatment. However, there is a heightened concern about how serious his medical condition has reached. Khaled requires several surgeries and long term medical assistance to recover from the effects of the solitary confinement. Khaled’s arbitrary detention must come to an end so that he can be given the appropriate medical attention.
“Khaled needs to be re-united with our children and me and be allowed to return to his passion for education. Khaled was not a politician. He was an educator, an activist and dedicated his life to uplifting individuals and advancing communities. It’s time for him to come home,” says Sarah Attia.
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained in Egypt for over 480 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 revolutionary. 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 international community to urgently assist in securing Khaled’s immediate release
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