Wednesday 18 January 2017

More must be done to help free Ibrahim from Egyptian jail hell

Published 23/07/2016 | 02:30

Incarcerated: Ibrahim Halawa
Incarcerated: Ibrahim Halawa

Regarding the detention in Egypt of Ibrahim Halawa, I have just received a letter from the private secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Charles Flanagan, saying that while they are applying pressure through as many channels as they have, they cannot interfere with a criminal trial in another jurisdiction.

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The letter says "we have used all the diplomatic tools that are available to us to ensure that the Egyptian government...fully understands the importance that the Irish Government attaches to the resolution of this case."

The letter says that there are two objectives "to achieve his release at the earliest possible time and to provide all consular care possible to Ibrahim".

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