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FREE YASSER ALBAZ

Yasser Albaz is a Canadian citizen who resides with his family in Oakville, Ontario.  He is a loving father, grandfather, husband, and a prominent and active community leader.  Yasser has been in Canada for two decades, serving the community throughout. Yasser is a businessman who founded and operates an engineering company in Oakville.

On December 21st, 2018, Yasser traveled to Egypt for a two-month business trip. He entered Egypt with his Canadian passport without incident. He was scheduled to leave Cairo on Monday, February 18, but upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, passport control authorities confiscated his Canadian passport, and took him aside for questioning. After a few hours, Yasser disappeared. For several days, no one knew where Yasser was or if he was even alive. He was unaccounted for during this time. There was no arrest warrant for Yasser. According to International Law, he was subjected to illegal enforced disappearance.

Yasser’s family immediately reported the case to Global Affairs Canada’s emergency line. When the Canadian embassy asked the Egyptian Government about Yasser, they denied any knowledge of him for several days. At the end of the week, he appeared at a prosecutor’s office for general questioning and was transported to Torah Prison– notorious for its human rights violations.

Recent Events

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Yasser received yet another 45-day extension to his detention. To this day, there have been no charges or accusations against Yasser. This comes despite several attempts by Canadian authorities to raise the case with Egyptian authorities, most notable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with President Sisi just 2 weeks prior. Still, Egyptian authorities have not improved prison conditions or initiated any process for his release.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Today marks one year since Yasser first disappeared in Cairo Int’l Airport when he was on his way back home to Canada.

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Albaz family welcomes the news that the Prime Minister raised the case of Yasser Albaz. This comes after multiple direct communications with President Sisi and Foreign Minister Shoukri by Canada’s Foreign Minister Champagne and Minister Freeland since he was arbitrarily detained without charges by Egyptian authorities on February 18, 2019.

Yasser has not been charged or informed of the accusations against him for 12 months and his detention is in violation of international law. No Canadian citizen should be subjected to such treatment.

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

Yasser’s arbitrary detention was extended for another 45 days. This is his fourth 45-day extension to date.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Yasser Albaz received a 45-day extension to his arbitrary detention. After receiving ten 15-day extensions (150 days), he is now on his third 45-day extension.

It has been 8 months. Eight months without freedom. Eight months of sleeping on hard floor in a small, cramped cell with 17 other people. Eight months without his family.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Yasser received his second 45-day extension. Although a judge must sign in order to keep those detained passed the ten 15-day extensions, he just signs for the extension without looking at the case or file.

Monday July 22nd, 2019

Yasser received a 45-day extension to his arbitrary detention. To date, he has received ten 15-day extensions that began in February, earlier this year.

It has been over 150 days and he still remains detained, without charge, without even an indication as to why he’s been stripped of his freedom.

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Yasser’s arbitrary detention was extended for another 15 days. This is his final 15-day extension. 

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Yasser was transported from Tora Prison to the prosecutor’s office for another 15-day renewal. It has been more than 120 days. He remains arbitrarily detained without charge or justification.

His youngest daughter is supposed to be getting married this weekend. His son is attending his grade 8 graduation without his dad by his side.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Yasser dad received yet another 15- day extension– his 8th one to date. He has not been charged and there is still no speculation as to why he is being detained. This day marks 100 days of arbitrary detention. 100 days of him sleeping on cold, concrete floor in a cramped cell. 100 days of his family not hearing his voice. 100 days without freedom.

Tuesday May 14, 2019

Yasser’s arbitrary detention was extended for another 15 days.

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