Friday 28 July 2017

Irishman Ibrahim Halawa's trial in Egypt adjourned for 26th time in four years

Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Ibrahim Halawa's trial in Egypt has been adjourned for the 26th time.

The 21-year-old Irishman was jailed after being arrested during Muslim Brotherhood protests in Cairo in August 2013.

Hearings for Ibrahim - who has now spent 1,423 days in prison - have been adjourned and delayed numerous times over the last four years.

However, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney said he welcomed today's further progress in the trial.

Ibrahim Halawa is being held in Egypt.
Ibrahim Halawa is being held in Egypt.

"Diplomats from the Irish Embassy were in the court again in Cairo earlier today for the latest hearing in the court case, and there is further encouraging news of progress in the trial," he said after today's latest hearing.

"The last of the prosecution witnesses were called today, and the Judge confirmed that no further prosecution witnesses will be called." 

Minister Coveney said he spoke by telephone earlier today with the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shoukry.

"I raised with him my concerns about Ibrahim Halawa’s situation and stressed my commitment to seeing him returned to Ireland as soon as possible," he said. 

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