Tuesday 22 August 2017

'I want Ibrahim home' - Charlie Flanagan 'very concerned' at continued detention of Dublin man

ARRESTED: Ibrahim Halawa travelled to Egypt in 2013 where he took part in protests
ARRESTED: Ibrahim Halawa travelled to Egypt in 2013 where he took part in protests
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

It's the Government’s “desire” that October 2 will be the date of Ibrahim Halawa's final court appearance in Egypt, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan.

Speaking at Iveagh House today, Mr Flanagan said he is “very concerned” at Ibrahim’s continued detention and that the Dubliner is currently receiving more consular assistance than any other Irish citizen.

Read more: The Halawa case: Is Ibrahim a pawn in Egypt’s political game?

“I want him home,” Mr Flanagan said, “with his family, to resume his studies, at the earliest opportunity.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD during a press conference for the Olympics. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD during a press conference for the Olympics. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

“I remain very concerned at his continued detention in Egypt. A trial date has been set for the second of October. It is my desire and that of my government colleagues that this trial will produce a verdict on that day.In the meantime, I wish to state that no consular case is receiving the level of priority that the Halawa case continues to receive.

“I believe he has been obtained now without trial for an inordinate amount of time. I believe it is unacceptable. And I certainly wish the trial would be concluded and a verdict handed down at the earliest opportunity, where upon an intensified political engagement can really commence.”

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