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Dr. Salem Bu-Hanak

Praise be to Allah and blessings and prayers be to Mohammed (Peace be upon him)

I have had the honour of knowing Dr. Salam while he was a student at the University of Salford in Manchester and I am proud to be able to call him and his family our friends. I have also been privileged to have meet Dr. Ez Aldeen and have known many of their colleagues. Therefore you can imagine the extent of the shock of receiving the news that both Salem and Abdullah have been sentenced to death and most of the others to life imprisonment.

Salem, Abdullah and all the others are more than mere numbers in a long list of unknown names. They are our brothers, our sons, our fathers, our cousins, the husbands of our sisters, they are all too well known to us, the people of Libya, for such a farce to succeed in tarnishing their bright image. In fact this atrocious judgment reflects on their prosecutors while they are the wrongfully accused model citizens of our beloved country Libya. They represent every thing that is pure, decent, honorable, trustworthy and patriotic. That is why these harsh sentences are not the sentences handed down to their persons but rather to what they represent. That is why it is a shame that there is no place today in our country for any one who is pure, decent, honorable, trustworthy and patriotic. If these highly respected and peace-loving individuals, who never advocated or used violence, can be so treated, then there is absolutely no hope for any peaceful, intellectual or reasonable solution to our national problems.

Furthermore, The Muslim Brotherhood Movement is renowned for its peaceful approach to change and has never used or advocated or condoned violence. Its history is its best witness to its peaceful nature and unquestionable patriotism when it comes to their country, and their sacrifices and heroic deeds when the call is made in defense of their countries. Indeed the fact that such a group can be abused in such an inhumane way is a clear massage that there is no reasoning with these people. No wonder young people are cornered into committing unnecessary acts of violence for, to their young and inexperienced minds, what else is there?

I believe it is high time that the authorities in Libya reconcile with their people and act quickly to release them from these atrocities that render sane people insane. It is high time that the Libyan people are enabled to enjoy the abundance of their country. It is high time that our country benefits from the knowledge and expertise of its sincere children and not be a playing field of every deranged, corrupt and unscrupulous misfit.

I call upon the Libyan authority, and all those who claim to be “do-gooders” to move and move quickly, before it is too late, to put right this grave error and all the burden accumulated over a period of about 33 years and to cut the way on those who plot against the good of the country and want chaos to reign. Am I asking too much? Am I dreaming? Is all this wishful thinking and am I out of touch with reality? My heart tells me “yes” but I pray to Allah that I am wrong. May Allah accept from us and forgive our transgressions.

Muhammad Idress


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