Monday, April 11, 2016

ECCD message to the Italian ambassador in Ottawa

April 10th, 2016
The Embassy of Italy in Ottawa

Andrea Meloni, Ambassador

RE: Justice demanded in the case of Italian student Giulio Regeni

Dear Ambassador Andrea Meloni:

We, as well as many Canadians of Egyptian origin, have been following with horror and outrage the news about the murder of Giulio Regeni and the ensuing investigation by Egyptian authorities.

No words can adequately express our heartfelt empathy and deep sorrow for Giulio’s demise. At the least, may we respectfully ask that you convey our sincere condolences to Paola, his mother, his family and loved ones and the people of Italy.

In addition to our deep sadness, we are troubled by the way the investigation into Giulio’s kidnapping, torture and killing has evolved. Unfortunately, this is not a unique case as Egyptian authorities claim. Hundreds of Egyptian youth have been disappeared since the 2013 coup d’état by General Abdel Fattah Al Sissi.

We unreservedly support the demand for a comprehensive and transparent international investigation and a request that those responsible, no matter what their rank, bear the full extent of the international law for their heinous acts against Giulio.

We are aware of Italy’s economic investments in Egypt, nonetheless we are certain that your government will not dilute its quest for justice for the sake of such interests. Italy will be doing the right thing, not only to Giulio’s memory but also to all those Egyptians who have known the same deplorable treatment and tragic fate.

We and a large number of Egyptian people are watching Giulio’s case with great anticipation. We are certain that your government will prove to be a guiding light for the sanctity of life and respect of the law. Meanwhile, I assure you that Giulio’s name will remain in our thoughts and our hearts till justice is done and far beyond.

Sincerely yours,

Samaa Elibyari
Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy
Political Committee

Cc: Ehab Lotayef
Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy

PS. Acknowledgement of this message will be greatly appreciated.

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