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Saturday 25 March 2017

Halawa family protest as trial delayed for 15th time

Ibrahim Halawa’s sisters Fatima and Omaima at a protest at the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Ibrahim Halawa’s sisters Fatima and Omaima at a protest at the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Rory Tevlin

The sisters of imprisoned Ibrahim Halawa joined demonstrators at the Egyptian Embassy protesting at his continued incarceration.

The 20-year-old from Firhouse has now been jailed for 1,142 days without trial in Egypt. He was arrested three years ago during protests in Cairo.

His sisters Fatima and Omaima Halawa joined a protest organised by Amnesty International yesterday at the Egyptian Embassy in Ballsbridge against what they claim is their brother's unlawful imprisonment.

Ibrahim's trial was postponed for the 15th time yesterday afternoon, with a new date scheduled for November 12. His lawyer, Darragh Mackin of Belfast-based KRW Law, said the latest delay was not a surprise, but he added that the family remained concerned.

He called on the Government and other European nations to demand Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi act on an application for a decree to secure his release.

Irish Independent

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