ALREADY SIX YEARS AGO...
4 July 2004: Mordechai Vanunu still in restricted freedom
Saintes, 11 November 2004: Letter to the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac
Request to intervene in the case of Mordechai Vanunu
The Prime Minister, Hotel Matignon
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Quai d’Orsay
Monsieur le Président,
On 17 October last, we forwarded to you a letter from Mr Mordechai Vanunu asking for French nationality and for French help in leaving Israel.
We learn now from agency reports that Mr Vanunu, who had been given asylum in the precinct of Jerusalem’s St George’s Cathedral, was arrested again this morning by some thirty armed men who entered the cathedral. According to Monsignor Riah, these men were not content ot violate the sanctity of the place, but used their weapons to threaten the faithful and the clergy, after which they entered Vanunu’s room, arrested him and took him to Petach-Tikwa prison.
It is likely that Mr Vanunu will be judged tomorrow, for non-respect of the restrictions that were placed on him when he was released from prison on 21 April 2004. These restrictions actually contravene the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which must be respected by all member-states of the UN, including Israel and France. If at the end of the exceptional sentence he has served, Mr Vanunu is thrown in prison again, there’s a danger that he will never get out.
For these reasons we appeal to you immediately, and to the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, to please intervene in his favour. In addition, you as President of the Republic, have the power by an urgent procedure to grant French nationality to Mr Vanunu, and this should help ensure respect for his civil and human rights.
Jean-Marie Matagne, President