Tuesday 6 December 2016

Taoiseach needs to intervene to ensure Halawa's release

Mark Daly

Published 23/04/2015 | 02:30

Ibrahim Halawa has been languishing in an Egyptian jail for over 600 days, despite the fact that Amnesty International has consistently said Dublin-born Ibrahim Halawa is innocent
Ibrahim Halawa has been languishing in an Egyptian jail for over 600 days, despite the fact that Amnesty International has consistently said Dublin-born Ibrahim Halawa is innocent

An Irish-born citizen has been languishing in an Egyptian jail for over 600 days, despite the fact Amnesty International has consistently said Dublin-born Ibrahim Halawa is innocent.

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If we were to close our eyes and imagine that it was Sean O'Sullivan, son of a Fine Gael supporter from Mayo who was in jail for nearly two years, we would imagine that intervention would have already taken place at the highest level.

However, he is not Sean from Mayo, he is Ibrahim Halawa, son of a Muslim Imam from Egypt. The evidence of past actions - and more accurately, the inaction of Irish governments - is that they have a pitiful track record of standing up for our citizens abroad who face serious charges or who have been convicted despite being innocent.

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