Sunday 26 February 2017

Vigil outside embassy to mark Halawa 20th birthday

Laura Larkin

Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa

Family and supporters of imprisoned Ibrahim Halawa gathered outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin to mark his 20th birthday.

Mr Halawa has spent 28 months in jail in Cairo. He was detained, aged 17, in August 2013 during a day of protests in Ramses Square in the Egyptian capital following the ousting of President Morsi.

Concerns have been raised by TDs and human rights groups over his trial, which has been postponed or delayed nine times to date.

The trial is due to restart again tomorrow, when he will stand trial alongside more than 400 other defendants.

Outside the embassy yesterday, 130 ribbons were pinned to a swathe of lace draped over the embassy's railings to mark each week he has spent in jail.

"I don't have much confidence in the trial date, I think it will be postponed again," Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan told the Irish Independent.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the European Parliament will debate a motion on whether a resolution should be passed calling for Mr Halawa's release.

Irish Independent

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