The defense only became aware of the official accusations two days ago (!). Pass that, after 19 months of preventive prison in the maximum security prison (not even a dangerous terrorist) of Tora, has generated yet another intolerable postponement of a sham trial. Judgment in which Patrick Zaki, the Egyptian student ofUniversity of Bologna who collaborated with theOnu Egyptian iniziative for personal rights, faces five years in prison. Beyond to the almost two in the cell that has already been unjustly done. Zaki, who is about to receive Italian citizenship, is challenged by an article written in 2019 for the Egyptian site Darraj, where the student lists the discrimination suffered by Christians in Egypt.
“Not a month goes by without incidents against the Copts in Egypt”, Is the opening of the piece. An expression that in any Western country and in a modern democracy would be approached with the legal instruments of normal exercise of an activist’s right to press or criticize, far from defamation. So it is one blatant violation of human rights. While in Egypt theinsubordination (to what? and why?), with the attorney general waving the maximum penalty.
The Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, which by competence is the first that should feel ethically and responsibly invested in the management of the dossier in government companies, he is drawing inspiration from one for his own conduct of the Zaki case unspecified strategy of silence. His personal interpretation of the native Sphinx of Giza which perhaps refers to one of the first rules of the good diplomat which is that of immediately seeking points of encounter and dialogue with the foreign counterpart, with whom one is dealing. A silence that for the former political leader of a movement that has madepolitical indignation at the cry of “Vaffa” against malfunctioning institutions, one’s original distinctive trait is anomalous and inexplicable. A trait that, judging now by the flat encephalogram reaction to the serious injustices it is undergoing Patrick Zaki, there is no trace left (strange!).
Di Maio, twice Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (in the government Count-bis and in that, in office, Draghi), has almost two legislatures behind and it’s now at home at the Farnesina, having entered on 5 September 2019, five months before the arrest of the Bolognese student at Cairo airport by the Egyptian authorities.
The head of Italian diplomacy therefore does not feel obliged to say something, to break the embarrassing silence, perhaps with a striking gesture (it would be desirable), rediscovering the taste and sense of the old and healthy indignation that in addition to denouncing the violation of the rights to which it is subjected Zaki you also try to foil a sentence that would be unbelievable?
There is time until September 28, the date on which the process was updated. Forza Di Maio, of Sphinx in Egypt there is already one. Say something about respect for rights, pass to history. All of Italy and the international community would be grateful to him. Also to make sense of the government delegation that has been entrusted to it. Behind the lavish salary.