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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 once 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.

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

It’s Ramadan and Yasser’s spot remains empty on his family’s dinner table. They’ve never spent a Ramadan apart. 

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

Yasser’s arbitrary detention was extended for another 15 days. This is his fifth 15-day extension to date. No charges have been brought forth, yet the prosecutor decided to extend his detention without reason or justification.

Monday April 15th, 2019

Yasser was taken from Torah prison and transported to the prosecutor’s office. His lawyers and officials from the Canadian embassy were present. No charges have been brought forth, yet the prosecutor decided to extend his detention without reason or justification. This is his fifth 15-day detention to date.

He is complaining of severe back pain from being forced to sleep on the concrete floor, as any form of mattress is denied. He has developed some medical concerns that require a doctor’s attention. He is in a crowded cell and faces unhygienic conditions.

Monday, April 1st, 2019

Yasser was transported to the prosecutor’s office for a decision on his detention. The prosecutor has decided to detain him for 15 days, yet again. This is his fourth 15-day extension to date without reasons for his detention. The Canadian Embassy in Cairo, continues to provide consular support on the ground. They have been able to visit Yasser in prison and will visit him again soon. Yasser’s brother has also been able to see him and provide him with some basic necessities.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Yasser spends his 51st birthday alone in prison, away from his family.

Saturday March 17, 2019

Yasser was transported to the prosecutor’s office for a decision on his detention. The prosecutor has decided to detain him for another 15 days without any cause or justification.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Yasser was transported from Torah prison to the prosecutor’s office for detention extension. Yasser remains without charge and the detention was extended for 15 days to allow for additional questioning and investigation. This development is very concerning as it is consistent with the prolonged arbitrary detention practices of the state security.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Yasser was taken for more general questioning and continues to be detained in Torah Prison under harsh conditions. Canadian embassy officials were able to see Yasser and updated the family that he is in a state of shock. He has been sick for several days and the embassy has provided him with medication. He is forced to sleep on the concrete floor during Egypt’s winter, without a blanket or even a pillow. When family members tried providing these basic necessities to the prison, they were denied. Lawyers have confirmed that he has not been charged. He will continue to be held at Torah for additional questioning on Saturday.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Yasser appeared at the State Security Prosecutor’s office. The family’s Egyptian lawyer and the Canadian Embassy were notified of his questioning by the prosecutor. The lawyer was allowed to attend the session. Lawyers have confirmed that he has not been charged and will continue to be held for additional questioning on Tuesday. At the end of this day he was transported to Torah prison. Yasser’s family is greatly concerned due to to the prison’s notoriety for its harsh conditions, use of torture methods and routine human rights violations against thousands of prisoners according to Human Rights Watch.

February 18th-23rd

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. 

February 18, 2019

Yasser Albaz was at the airport on his way home to Canada after a two-month business trip in Cairo. After checking in for his flight, passport control authorities confiscated his Canadian and Egyptian passport, and took him aside for questioning. After a few hours, Yasser was kidnapped by Egypt’s National State Security. He was able to send a message to a friend informing him that state security had taken him, before they took his phone and all of his belongings.