Mohammed el-Attar, a Canadian imprisoned in Egypt for practically 15 years, landed safely at Toronto’s Pearson Airport on Friday morning.
El-Attar, also called Joseph, was arrested after arriving in Cairo in January 2007 the place he was allegedly on trip to see his household.
He was charged with spying for Israel in Canada and shortly convicted.
A lot of the case was primarily based on a confession that el-Attar and human rights teams have at all times claimed was tortured out of him. One of many final issues el-Attar stated publicly from his cell within the courtroom was that he had been electrocuted and compelled to drink his personal urine.
CBC Information reported in 2015 that whereas in Egypt, el-Attar was being held in a cell measuring three by two meters within the infamous Tora Jail.
He was born in Egypt however fled the nation to hunt refuge in Canada, saying he confronted persecution due to his religion (born right into a Muslim household, transformed to Christianity) and since he’s a homosexual man.
In Canada, el-Attar labored as a financial institution clerk.
In 2015, Amnesty Worldwide’s Alex Neve instructed CBC Information that these elements in Egypt made him extraordinarily weak.
“There’s each cause for the Canadian authorities to take this case very significantly and we’ve by no means seen any indication of it,” he stated.