Sunday 21 January 2018

‘He was tortured and hit with metal chains’ – TDs meet Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt

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A cross-party delegation from the Dáil met with Ibrahim Halawa in Cairo this morning and have described the horrific ordeal the Dubliner has been through.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy took to social media after his meeting with Mr Halawa, highlighting that all the young man wants is “to come home”.

Mr Halawa is currently on hunger strike and fainted on Monday due to low blood sugar levels.

“Ibrahim had heart trouble 3 months ago, saw a Doctor who said he needed to have a heart 'echo', but it still hasn't happened,” the Dublin South West TD tweeted.

“Ibrahim told us that in a previous prison he was tortured, hit with metal bars and cut with metal chains.

“Ibrahim explained he entered prison when he was 17, is 21 now. Has missed birth of his niece, hasn't seen sisters or father.”

Nosayba (left) and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, in Dublin campaigning for his release
Nosayba (left) and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, in Dublin campaigning for his release

From Firhouse in Dublin and the son of prominent Muslim cleric Sheikh Hussein Halawa, Ibrahim Halawa was detained in a mosque near Ramses Square in Cairo as the Muslim Brotherhood held a "day of rage" over the removal of their elected president Mohamed Morsi in August 2013.

The student marked his 21st birthday in a Cairo jail in the weeks before Christmas. He is awaiting the start of a mass trial, three years on from his detention during a crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood.

The next hearing in the case has been scheduled for January 17.

Eamon Ryan, Green Party TD and member of the delegation, said the ultimate goal of the visit was to help secure Mr Halawa's freedom.

“The hope is for Ibrahim's return and that an all-party delegation provides a clear diplomatic message that supports his case for return and helps to make that happen," he said.

The other members of the delegation who travelled to Cairo include Brendan Howlin;; Fianna Fáil foreign affairs spokesman Darragh O’Brien; Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin Ó Broin; Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy and Independent TD Noel Grealish.

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