Wednesday 20 September 2017

Trial of Dublin teen Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt adjourned again until June 6

Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa

Sam Griffin

THE trial of Ibrahim Halawa has been adjourned again until June 6, the Department Foreign Affairs has confirmed.

The student, who has been detained by Egyptian authorities for almost two years now, had been due to appear in a Cairo court today.

Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa

However the trial was once again adjourned. Mr Halawa was arrested for alleged involvement in violent protests in Egypt in 2013.

Mr Halawa’s sister Somaia called on the government and Taoiseach Enda Kenny to directly involve himself in the case to free Ibrahim.

Read more here: Dublin teen Ibrahim Halawa to appear in court in Cairo 

In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said it was “extremely disappointing” that the application for bail made by Ibrahim Halawa’s lawyers, and supported by the Irish government, was rejected by the Egyptian authorities.

Minister Flanagan is due to meet Egypt’s Foreign Minister tomorrow.

"Our objectives in this case remain clear - to see this young Irish citizen released by the Egyptian authorities, and to provide consular support while he remains in detention,” he said.

“With the Taoiseach’s full support, I remain committed to taking all appropriate action in pursuit of our two objectives towards achieving a positive outcome for this young Irishman and his family.

Read more here: Government 'is ignoring teenager jailed in Egypt because he is a Muslim'  

Somaia Halawa
Somaia Halawa

He added: "While this is a case before the court in another jurisdiction to which foreign law applies, we keep all developments in this case, and our own approach to it, under constant review.  We will continue to engage actively with the Egyptian authorities at the highest level to highlight our concerns, and to work in the best interests of this Irish citizen.

"Tomorrow I will meet with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry in New York ."

However Somaia Halwa said the government “is not doing enough” to support her brother and said Taosieach Enda Kenny should become directly involved. She explained direct intervention by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott resulted in the release of an Australian citizen who had been detained in Egypt.

Read more here: Taoiseach needs to intervene to ensure Halawa's release

Ibrahim Halawa with sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia who were among hundreds of people forced to leave the Al Fateh mosque in Cairo by Egyptian security forces.
Ibrahim Halawa with sisters Fatima, Omaima and Somaia who were among hundreds of people forced to leave the Al Fateh mosque in Cairo by Egyptian security forces.

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