Dr. Ismail Serageldin, former VP of the World Bank and Founding Director of the Library of Alexandria, also known as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), is a very well-known international figure ( Bio ). After 15 years at the BA, he retired at the end of May, 2017. However, we were all surprised to learn that a misdemeanor court judge in Egypt issued a verdict on 1st of August , 2017 to imprison him for three and a half years, for alleged management decisions he made prior to 2011.
We, his friends and supporters, were appalled by this decision as we know him as an exceptional manager and a man of impeccable integrity. He was kind enough to give us the details of the case against him ( Explanation of the case against Ismail Serageldin). We therefore drafted a Letter of Support and were most happy that over 300 eminent persons from some 50 countries have signed that letter of support, including 20 Heads of State and Government and 90 Nobel Laureates.
Needless to say, the verdict caused an uproar in Egypt. The Library issued a statement on its website, signed by his successor, and Serageldin issued a statement on his Facebook page pointing out that he had appealed the case, and that the Appeals Court will start its review on the 19th of September. There was also a major Arabic letter issued in Egypt immediately after the verdict came out, in the beginning of August. It was signed by many eminent Egyptians, including Amr Moussa (former Secretary- General of the Arab League) former ministers and many intellectuals. The case caused an uproar, in the newspapers, the TV talk shows and the social media (95% favorable to Serageldin).
And we, his many international friends and supporters, wanted to show our solidarity with him and launched this campaign and plan to send the letter with the many eminent signatures to the media before the Appeals process starts. Ismail Serageldin is a citizen of the world (www.serageldin.com ) and deserves to be supported internationally, as well as locally. If you wish to join this campaign, please send an email with your name and title to firstname.lastname@example.org . We have confidence in the Judicial process in Egypt, and we hope that by providing this “character witness” support, we will indeed help him in these difficult times.
Friends and supporters of Ismail Serageldin contact us at: Helpforserageldin@gmail.com