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Dublin teen Ibrahim Halawa to appear in court in Cairo

Published 26/04/2015 | 08:34

Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa

Dublin-born teenager Ibrahim Halawa is due to appear in court in Cairo again today.

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The 19-year-old from Tallaght has been languishing in an Egyptian jail for over 600 days, despite the fact Amnesty International has consistently said Dublin-born Ibrahim Halawa is innocent.

He was arrested with his sisters after taking part in a protest in Cairo in August 2013.

Mr Halawa is on trial along with 493 other people for charges relating to allegations of violence during a protest in Cairo, however Amnesty has designated him as a “prisoner of conscience”.

Read more: Teenager Ibrahim sketches picture of prison hell in Egypt

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson confirmed Mr Halawa was due before court today.

Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa has been languishing in an Egyptian jail for over 600 days, despite the fact that Amnesty International has consistently said Dublin-born Ibrahim Halawa is innocent
The prison drawing sketched by Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa
Sisters Fatima and Nosayba Halawa and Sundas (3), who were holding a candlelight protest outside the Egyptian Embassay in December 2014

Irish Embassy officials areexpected to attend the hearing.

Yesterday,  his family claimed he is being treated as a "second-class citizen" by the Government because he is a Muslim.

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

The Halawa family have raised concerns about his welfare in prison in Egypt and have asked the Taoiseach and the Department of Foreign Affairs to intervene.

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