Canadians detained in Egypt – Trudeau taking action


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the cases of Canadians detained in Egypt with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

“We always stand up for Canadians in difficulty around the world”, Trudeau told a press briefing in Addis Ababa, where he is attending an African Union summit.

“Yes, I did bring up the consular cases in Egypt with President al-Sisi”, he said.

Canadian engineer Yasser Albaz was arrested at Cairo airport by Egyptian authorities a year ago at the end of a business trip. He has not been charged and his family previously told Canadian media they are concerned about his safety.

The detained Canadian’s family said last year his passport was confiscated when he attempted to board a flight to Canada. An Egyptian official told him he flagged for a probe.

Egypt faces criticism for its human rights record, especially after mass arrests last year after protests against Sisi in Cairo and other cities in September.