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Amnesty fears Dublin teenager Ibrahim Halawa will face 'sham trial'

Ciara Treacy

Published 03/10/2015 | 02:30

Omaima and Somaia Halawa at a protest at the Spire on O'Connell Street, Dublin, yesterday Photo: Leah Farrell
Omaima and Somaia Halawa at a protest at the Spire on O'Connell Street, Dublin, yesterday Photo: Leah Farrell

Amnesty International has expressed fears that Dublin teenager Ibrahim Halawa will be given a "sham trial" at his hearing in Egypt.

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The 19-year-old will face his ninth hearing before an Egyptian court tomorrow, more than two years after his arrest in Cairo.

A demonstration was held by Amnesty International and members of his family yesterday to mark his 777th day in an Egyptian jail.

Executive director at Amnesty International Ireland Colm O'Gorman said no one knows what will happen when Ibrahim appeared before the court.

"We may yet see exactly what we've seen on eight previous occasions, where the trial is delayed or postponed yet again," he said. "That's an awful outcome.

"We may see what we've seen in dozens of other similar mass trials, and that is a sham hearing, lasting 10 to 20 minutes, with mass convictions and mass sentences.

"Or, if we're incredibly lucky - and I think this actually is the challenging one - we might see Ibrahim either acquitted or freed."

Ibrahim's sisters Somaia, Fatima and Omaima, were among those protesting at the Spire on O'Connell Street.

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