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A riot police stands guard outside a police academy, where the trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood is due to take place, on the outskirts of Cairo, February 4, 2014.
A riot police stands guard outside a police academy, where the trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood is due to take place, on the outskirts of Cairo, February 4, 2014.
(AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS)

PATRICK MARTIN

There’s another 'Canadian' in an Egyptian prison. Why the silence?

A great deal of attention has been paid to the incarceration in Cairo of Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, a journalist with Al Jazeera television, but there is another Egyptian with Canadian connections who is in prison in Egypt and he’s been there a lot longer than Mr. Fahmy.

Khaled al-Qazzaz, a Canadian permanent resident, was arrested by Egyptian security forces on July 3, his 34th birthday, and held in secret, without charge, for five and a half months. In mid-December he was transferred to the notorious Tora prison, south of Cairo, where the country’s political prisoners have long been taken, and held in a solitary cell in the maximum security “Scorpion” section.