Free Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Press Release: 504 Days - Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Appeal Postponed to November 23

Aaida Mamuji

November 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

504 Days
Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s Appeal Postponed to November 23

Today, Khaled Al-Qazzaz’s lawyers argued in court that Khaled should be immediately evaluated by an experienced spine surgeon with the technical capability and paramedical support to complete his treatment including the availability of an appropriate operating room facility, specialized surgical implants and equipment, imaging and rehabilitation to deal with his case.  They requested for Khaled to be released so that his surgery can be carried out in an institution with significant experience in spine surgery.
 
The judge issued a decision to postpone the appeal to November 23 as Khaled must be present in court.  Khaled’s minimal mobility due to his worsening medical conditions does not allow him to be transferred to the court and has created a legal challenge.
 
Khaled remains in a hospital room secured by several security officers.  His medical treatment has been on hold for 23 days due to paperwork and approvals required for the hospital to begin addressing his medical needs. While Khaled’s family is grateful that he is out of solitary confinement, his health condition remains critical and he requires immediate and qualified medical attention.
 
Khaled remains hopeful and steadfast in his fight for freedom. Sarah Attia, Khaled’s Canadian born wife, urges the Canadian government, the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UN HRC) and the international community to continue its call for Khaled’s immediate and unconditional release.
 
On Friday, November 14 Sarah Attia and friends handed out 500 hand-made chocolate packages to students at the University of Toronto,commemorating and marking his 500 days away from his wife, children, parents, and friends. The reactions of students were overwhelmingly positive. A winter clothing drive for Toronto’s homeless is underway. Many of Khaled’s friends are reaching out to start their own pay-it forward initiatives to do something kind or generous for others in the spirit of Khaled’s character that touched the lives of many Canadians.
 
#PayitForward4KQ
#500Days
 
Recent Media
 
TheStar – Bitter milestone for Canadian resident in Egyptian jail
http://www.thestar.com/news/the_world_daily/2014/11/bitter_milestone_for_canadian_resident_in_egyptian_jail.html
 
Pay it Forward for Khaled Al-Qazzaz – Short Film
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaayxbdOBXc
 
Media Opportunity
 
If you would like to interview Sarah on current developments of Khaled’s case or to cover a pay-it forward initiative please email us at ahmad.attia@gmail.com.
 
Background
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been unlawfully detained without charge in Egypt for over 500 days. Until this month, Khaled spent 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 rapidly deteriorated due to the conditions of his detainment and he is at risk of permanent paralysis if not provided with appropriate medical care immediately.
 
Khaled Al-Qazzaz is an acclaimed educator, youth activist and a human rights champion. 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’simmediate release.
 
Further information can be found at:
http://www.freekhaledalqazzaz.com
https://www.facebook.com/freekhaledalqazzaz
@FreeKhaledAQ

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For more information:
Ahmad Attia
647-292-5049
ahmad.attia@gmail.com