Letter to the Minister of External Affairs (Paster Yovan Selvamony-Cairo)

Dear Smt. Sushma Swaraj Ji,

I would like to express my gratitude for all the consular support being made by the Indian Mission in Cairo in expediting the trial of Pastor Yovan Selvamony who was part of tourist group, from Kerala, on a package tour for Holy Land (Israel, Jordan Egypt).

Pastor Yovan Selvamony was detained at Taba on Egypt- Israel border, for possessing 900 tablets of TREMADOL (pain reliever) that he was carrying for his cousin sister in USA. He was planning to travel to USA by separating himself from the group on the return journey from Cairo. He was not aware that the drug is banned in Egypt.

The Indian Mission has arranged a lawyer to represent him and has been making all efforts to get him released. It is now understood that Pastor Yovan Selvamony is awaiting trial and is kept under remand in E1 ToR detention centre, Egypt. The trial is to begin on 22nd January 2018.

I request your kind intervention to ensure all necessary assistance and support for expediting the trial process and also to see that he receives a fair trial and gets justice.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

PINARAYI VIJAYAN

Smt. Sushama Swaraj,
Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs,
Government of India,
South Block, New Delhi-110011.