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Halawa was tortured in Egyptian jail - lawyer

Published 09/07/2015 | 02:30

Dublin-born Halawa (19), the son of Ireland's most senior Islamic cleric, Sheikh Hussein Halawa, has been detained for almost two years after being arrested during protests in Cairo against the ousting in a military coup of President Mohamed Morsi
Dublin-born Halawa (19), the son of Ireland's most senior Islamic cleric, Sheikh Hussein Halawa, has been detained for almost two years after being arrested during protests in Cairo against the ousting in a military coup of President Mohamed Morsi

Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa has been subjected to electric shock torture in an Egyptian prison, according to a submission made by a leading human rights lawyer to politicians.

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London-based barrister Grainne Mellon said Halawa had set out in detail torture, degradation and other mistreatment suffered by him at the hands of Egyptian police and prison officials.

According to Ms Mellon, Halawa claimed to have been the victim of multiple beatings involving whips, chains and sticks. He said he had been blindfolded and had electric shocks administered to him.

The account contradicts claims made by Egypt's Ambassador to Ireland, Soha Gendi, who said in May that Halawa was being treated well in prison.

According to Ms Mellon, Halawa also gave details of psychological torture at the hands of prison guards, who allegedly told him he would receive the death penalty and be executed.

Halawa has also said he was taunted about his Irish nationality and branded a foreign spy.

Ms Mellon, of Garden Court Chambers in London, made the submission to the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs Committee on behalf of the human rights charity Reprieve, which campaigns against the death penalty.

Dublin-born Halawa (19), the son of Ireland's most senior Islamic cleric, Sheikh Hussein Halawa, has been detained for almost two years after being arrested during protests in Cairo against the ousting in a military coup of President Mohamed Morsi.

He was arrested at a mosque along with three of his sisters.

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