Friday 18 April 2014

Egypt extends siblings' detention

Friends of the Halawa family gather at the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin calling for their release from custody.

Four Irish siblings held by authorities in Egypt have had their detention extended by another 15 days.

The three sisters and one brother from the Halawa family were caught up in violence in the Egyptian capital and jailed last month.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed the authorities in Cairo had now extended their period of detention.

Uncertainty remains over whether the Dublin siblings will be released at the end of the 15 days.

Sisters Omaima, 20, Fatima, 22, and Somaia, 27, and their 17-year-old brother Ibrihim had travelled to Egypt earlier in the summer for a holiday.

The four were forced to seek sanctuary in the Al Fateh mosque in mid August after violent clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi and the security forces.

They were subsequently jailed in Tora prison.

It is understood that the siblings have been detained in separate holdings since their arrest.

The DFA has been providing consular assistance to the siblings, from Firhouse, south Dublin.

Press Association

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