أعربت أية، حفيدة صفوت الشريف، عن استيائها من الحال الذي وصل إليه جدها، وزير الإعلام الأسبق،
بعدما عاد مجدداً إلي سجن طرة بعد مرور أكثر من 7 سنوات علي إخلاء سبيله.
وكتبت حفيدة صفوت الشريف عبر صفحتها الشخصية على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي فيس بوك:
That feeling of a 100 lbs. rock is sitting on your chest. It’s not just the heaviness. It’s the sharpness that feels like it’s about to puncture your heart- you physically feel your heart and the pump of every beat. That heart ache that makes your throat feel tight and it’s hard to swallow. So painfully exhausting, you want to sleep it off. But your eyes won’t shut to sleep. Your mind won’t rest.
Your grandfather is sitting in a prison cell.
An entire family is feeling this. All day every day.
This will be long and personal. And worthy to mention reproved by my family.
Writing about it isn’t easy. Disclosing it is even harder. Especially when you are influenced to believe that your voice can be aggravating and ultimately hurt your “case” more than help it. It’s no surprise that when movie stars are subject to social media slaughter then I might as well expect to receive my share of bullying- or equally hurtful, passiveness. But I’m using my last ounce of faith in people and humanity in this request. I also know, as lame as this may be, as passive as you may be, I’ll regret it if I didn’t speak up now.
If you’re an anti-Mubarak regime, this shall anger you. Perhaps humanize you, if you have a heart. I will only share a glimpse of Gedo, as a family man- not the politician. This is not for the gloating malicious ones.
10 years of my grandfather ruling variations. Going from innocent to guilty. And guilty to innocent. Different judges having different calls.
I’m very much allowed, given my bias towards my grandfather, to doubt he’s been rule on justly.
Therefore, allow me to put it differently. Injustice, is not selective- it’s a concept that injures us all. Do you see injustice? If you’ve seen it, then I have seen it too. Even if we don’t see eye to eye on the matter itself. I might not see your injustice- or expect you to see mine. So, let me skip the part where I defend my grandfather’s honor and integrity.
Prior to January 25th 2011, Gedo and I were in Paris accompanying my grandmother during her chemotherapy sessions. I didn’t know time could pass so “awkwardly” until this day. We were speechless, closely monitoring the TV and heartbroken at the chaotic imagery on the screen broadcasting the streets of Egypt. Then, news comes up about officials attempting to flee the country and are detained at airports. Contrary to human logic, he picks up the phone and requests a ticket back to Cairo. Truly baffled and angered by his request, I tell him “don’t you see people are trying to leave? You will be arrested! Don’t go back!”
Unlike any fatherly response you’d expect, and instead of assuring me of his safety and calming me down, he nodded in confirmation. Comfortably telling me this shall happen. To his intelligence, this is the natural corollary of a revolution by which a regime is overthrown, in every era of every country- prosecuting and penalizing the officials. Being the confident man that he is, he first prepares me that it’s likely that he gets jailed, but also promises me that justice always prevails. That it’ll be a matter of time and his definite innocence will be declared.
Gedo returns to Egypt to face it all. Gets arrested and spends 25 months in prison at 78 years old.
He had no doubt he’ll be arrested. In fact, he had packed his bag on his way to his investigation. On this date, all our assets, properties and money were held on lien to the government. Today, they want it all. His 70 years of hard work, his children’s 40 years of hard work. Ultimately, to break us and have us penniless.
The media continues to display us as criminals and enrage the public opinion against us, to terrorize us and erase my grandfather’s legacy as an honorable man.
Today, I wish he had less faith, and had never returned to Egypt back in 2011.
Also, today I have come to realize this is the only promise Gedo made to me, that he failed to keep. Or, let’s say…justice failed him. Today, that statement alone gets you handcuffs. The usual “15 days” of custody- that may last for 15 years. Until you’re forgotten.
So now that this has been done. What is anyone getting from a leukemic and diabetic 90-year-old man in jail during COVID-19?
This is literally killing him, and not even slowly. He wasn’t sentenced for execution.
My grandfather suffers from acute Leukemia-aggressive blood cancer. He is almost 90 years old and needs to be in an equipped hospital, with proper medical care and access to his medication.
It’s been almost 4 months since he was detained AGAIN- at this age and his deteriorating health. We don’t see him or know his medical condition.
10 years separated from him and my father, living alone fighting this battle, believing their promises and trying so hard to restore my faith- in justice and humanity. Is it all at possible to spend the remaining few years with him?!
Safwat El Sherif, needs to go home where we can take care of him. Please.
In a nutshell: be human.
وفي النهاية طلبت من متابعينها أن يقوموا بمشاركة عبارة”إذا شعرت بالألم فأنت حي أما إذا شعرت بألام الأخرين فأنت انسان”