Letter: Trudeau and Lake should help Kamloops professor Scheffel

Editor:

Re: KTW’s online story of May 21 (‘Prime Minister Trudeau helps acclaim Terry Lake as Liberal candidate’):

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It is good to have our prime minister twice visit Kamloops this year, but visitations and publicity aside, it would also be good to have him reply to eight letters sent requesting support and some diplomatic intervention in getting Thompson Rivers University professor David Scheffel released from prison in Slovakia, where he is facing questionable charges.

At the very least, adherence by our government to its own guidelines should be diligently undertaken.

While Scheffel remains a Dutch citizen, he does hold a Canadian permanent resident card, has spent the past 40 years of his life in Canada and has a Canadian family , including a wife and three children.

The government should also follow Canada’s guidelines on supporting human rights defenders

Finally, as a permanent resident, one has the right to protection under Canadian law and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Perhaps Lake can also now propose some action for a former colleague who is innocent of the charges levelled against him in Slovakia.

Ivan Somlai
Kamloops

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