Below is an open letter that will be handed to the Ambassadors to each of the eleven countries worldwide, in which demonstrations are to be held tomorrow in solidarity for Kareem:
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Dear Mr. Ambassador:
We greet you in peace. Our reason for contacting you is the case of Abdelkareem Nabil Soliman, a young Egyptian law student at Al-Azhar University who was recently sentenced to four years in jail over writing on his personal Weblog.
We do not condone everything Mr. Soliman wrote, but we do believe in his right to express his opinion. His controversial writing criticized what he felt was a lack of freedom on the campus of Al-Azhar and in Egypt in general. As if to prove his point, the Egyptian court sentenced him to jail for expressing those views.
We do not believe Mr. Soliman should be in jail for simply stating his opinion, and we believe the court’s decision reflects very poorly on the country of Egypt. A mistake has been made.
We call upon Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to do an honorable act and pardon Mr. Soliman. Since Mr. Soliman was sentenced to jail for one year for insulting the President, we hope President Mubarak will show that words do not hurt him and that Mr. Soliman can go free.
Thank you for your consideration and for transmitting our appeal to President Mubarak.