'Deep disappointment' as Irish man imprisoned in Egypt sees his trial adjourned again
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, has expressed his "deep disappointment" at a further adjournment in the case involving Irish citizen, Ibrahim Halawa, in Egypt.
"I am deeply disappointed that this case has again been delayed and I am concerned for Ibrahim to whom we are providing ongoing consular care. Ireland’s Ambassador to Egypt, Damien Cole, was present in the court for today’s hearing and he has given me a report on the hearing."
Mr Halawa (21) has been in prison for more than three years after being detained in a mosque near Ramses Square in Cairo as the Muslim Brotherhood held a "day of rage" over the removal of elected president Mohamed Morsi in August 2013.
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Mr Flanagan said that despite the setback, the judges have "indicated a clear desire to move thus case forward".
Following petitions from defence lawyers today, the hearing was put back to March 22nd.
"The Government and the Department of Foreign Affairs and our Embassy in Cairo will be continuing to monitor all developments in relation to Ibrahim Halawa’s case and his welfare, and we will be providing every possible consular assistance to Ibrahim and his family.
"I will continue to use every available opportunity to highlight Ireland’s concerns with the Egyptian authorities."