Canadian still in Egyptian prison after a year

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children, has been detained for months in an Egyptian prison.

Canadian still in Egyptian prison after a year

World Bulletin / News Desk

Khaled Al-Qazzaz is a permanent resident of Canada and father of four young Canadian children. He has been detained in Egypt without charge for almost a year in one of Egypt’s most notorious prisons. 

On June 3, Khaled’s detainment was extended for an additional 45 days. He spends his days and nights in an insect-infested cell. 

From the start, Khaled wanted to contribute to the democratic process. He was invited to work as the President's Secretary for Foreign Affairs for Egypt's first democratically elected President.

Within days of massive street protests last summer, the military staged a coup leading to mass detentions of all those associated with the government.

On July 3rd, Khaled's 34th birthday, he never came home. His wife Sara Attia stated “after 10 months in detention without charge, I can no longer sit idly by and do nothing to help my husband.” Khaled has committed no crimes.

He went out daily to Tahrir square during the protests of 2011 in Egypt against Hosni Mubarak. 

Khaled wrote this post on January 9, 2011:

"We will not go anywhere until all Egyptian segments, groups, etc., have the same principled position towards injustice/violence. In the same voice we should condemn violence as in Alexandria, Nag' Hammadi, Luxur and Sinai, we should also condemn torture in our police stations and amn el dawla and cry out loud for Khaled Said, ElSayed Belal and many others whom we know and don't know. We should all condemn violence used against bedouins in Sinai, Palestinians in Arish and in investigations in upper Egypt.

We should not accept having thousands of political prisoners of Ikhwan, 6th of April, internet bloggers and many others.

We should have a common stand against all forces against freedom of expression by silencing religious satellite channels and banning writers like Fahmy Howaidy and TV shows for Amr Adeeb, and even Alaa Sadek.

We should all fight corruption and cheating in all forms.

It will not work if every group fights for their own interest, we should have a unified stance against the common evil that is common for all people and not only the evil done against my group."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Haziran 2014, 15:22