Thursday 17 August 2017

Mary Fitzgerald: Despite a lack of any evidence against him, Ibrahim Halawa is dying in an Egyptian prison

Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa has been in jail in Egypt awaiting a mass trial since August 2013, when he was aged just 17
Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa has been in jail in Egypt awaiting a mass trial since August 2013, when he was aged just 17

Mary Fitzgerald

Almost four years since he and his sisters were arrested during a siege of a Cairo mosque, Ibrahim Halawa sits in an Egyptian prison cell grimly counting the days of his incarceration.

This week, Dublin-born Halawa, who was just 17 when he was seized by Egyptian security forces, learned that his trial had been adjourned for the 20th time since 2013. His family in Ireland are now calling on the Government to launch legal proceedings against the Egyptian state at the International Court of Justice.

Mr Halawa is on trial along with almost 500 others for their alleged role in violence during the protests that took place in the Ramses Square area of the Egyptian capital in mid-August 2013. At least 97 people died in the demonstrations, most as a result of what Amnesty International called the "reckless use of force by the security forces".

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