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Sunday 17 December 2017

Halawa seriously ill in Egypt jail

Ibrahim Halawa is still in jail
Ibrahim Halawa is still in jail

Chai Brady

The family of Ibrahim Halawa have spoken of their fears after he collapsed with dehydration and was left in a "serious condition".

The 21-year-old Irish citizen has been in jail in Egypt for almost four years without trial.

He has been refusing food for weeks and has a heart problem and a skin disease, according to his family and lawyers. His sister Somaia revealed he collapsed on Sunday and was rushed to the clinic in Cairo's Wadi al Natrum prison after his blood sugar level plummeted, but he refused glucose treatment after regaining consciousness. He was also said to be suffering dehydration and vomiting.

An Irish doctor sent by the Government visited Ibrahim in hospital last week, and recommended he be released to facilitate more medical assessments.

"This case remains a high priority for the Government and it continues to receive unprecedented attention and resources in Dublin and in Cairo," said Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan.

Ms Halawa (31) is still hopeful for her brother but believes he isn't receiving adequate medical care.

His trial has been adjourned 20 times.

The Dubliner was arrested in a mosque in Cairo in August 2013 for taking part in a peaceful protest, and was accused of being involved in the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Irish Independent

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