Dr. Rafik Benaissa Sends Letter to Canadian Minister of Justice, Urges Investigation in Cynthia Vanier's Case

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Dr. Rafik Benaissa, brother of former SNC Lavalin Executive Riadh Ben Aissa, has sent a letter to the Honorable Robert Nicholson, Canadian Minister of Justice, urging an investigation into the Cynthia Vanier case.

Dr. Rafik Benaissa, brother of former SNC Lavalin executive Riadh Ben Aissa, has sent a letter to the Canadian Federal Minister of Justice, the Honorable Robert Nicholson. The letter urges an investigation in the Cynthia Vanier case. After spending more than 18 months in a Mexican jail, Cynthia Vanier has won her appeal before Mexican courts and is now back home in Ontario.

"From the most reliable, credible, incorruptible and respected journalists in the world, allegations of violations during the interview process of Mrs. Cynthia Vanier in her Mexico prison cell have surfaced. If found true, these violations jeopardize the Canadian democratic justice system itself and dishonor the principles for which Canada has stood before the world for centuries," says Dr. Rafik Benaissa.

"After consulting with my Canadian-Lebanese attorney Mr. Elie Chahwan, we have decided to send a letter to the Honorable Robert Nicholson kindly requesting that an investigation be opened into this matter,” says Dr. Rafik Benaissa.

“If they have indeed occurred, these violations would introduce a political factor not only in Mrs. Vanier's case but also in any of my brother's investigations. Justice must be fair and apolitical and certainly never be a political vendetta even in a situation where Canada is at war against Kadhafi's Libya. This is why we’re a democracy,” concludes Dr. Rafik Benaissa.

Attorney Elie Chahwan Avocat
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