17/12/2015

Taoiseach Urged To Raise Halawa Case At EU Council Meeting

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan to raise the case of Ibrahim Halawa at a EU Council meeting due to be held in Brussels today (Thursday).

Speaking in Dáil on Wednesday, Mr Adams said: "Yesterday the trial of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt was postponed yet again. His trial has now been postponed nine times.

"Last Sunday Ibrahim marked his 20th birthday in prison, his third birthday in jail without trial.

"My party colleague, Lynn Boylan MEP, has tabled a motion in the European Parliament calling on the Egyptian authorities to release him immediately. That motion will be debated tomorrow, which I very much welcome. 

"A new trial date has been set for 19 December.

"I urge the Taoiseach and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to raise Ibrahim's case with their EU counterparts and to ensure that maximum pressure is placed on the Egyptian Government to ensure that this Irish and EU citizen is released and allowed to return home to Dublin."

(MH/LM)

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