Rally for Canadian resident held in Egypt for 300 days

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, seen here in an undated Facebook photo with his son Abdelrahman on his shoulder....

Khaled Al-Qazzaz, seen here in an undated Facebook photo with his son Abdelrahman on his shoulder. (Facebook photo)

Kevin Connor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:57 PM ET

TORONTO ─ A downtown Toronto rally to free a Canadian resident from an Egyptian prison may not stir Ottawa to intervene because he isn't a citizen.

Egyptian born Khaled Al-Qazzaz -- a Canadian resident married to a Canadian woman with whom he has four Canadian children ─ has been in jail in Egypt for 300 days and has not been charged with a crime, his family says.

The human rights campaigner was in Egypt to set up a school and was a staffer for then-Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.

Al-Qazzaz was rounded-up last July 3 and incarcerated during the Arab Spring anti-government protests that led to Morsi's ouster.

Al-Qazzaz's wife, Sarah Attia, said at Saturday's rally in Yonge-Dundas Square that the Canadian government and Justice Minister John Baird need to step in and help her husband who she says is being mistreated and is in deteriorating health.

"I know he is a resident but he works for human rights and the government has a responsibility towards us and my kids deserve to have their dad home," Attia said.


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