Wednesday 21 February 2018

'I wish I could take you out' - sick taunt to Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt jail

Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa

Jane O'Faherty

Ibrahim Halawa has revealed the racist abuse he's suffered while locked up in Egypt.

 In a letter from an Egyptian prison, the Dubliner said an officer once told him that he would "take (him) out" if he had the chance.

"Once, coming back from a hearing in my mass trial, I was hit with the back of an AK-47 and asked where I was from," he wrote.

"The officer put his AK47 to my chest and said: 'I wish I could take you out, you f*****g Irish. But I can't.'"

Ibrahim has been imprisoned in Egypt for three years after being arrested at a Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo.

Organisations including Amnesty have said his detention is unlawful, and that Ibrahim could not have committed the violent crimes he is charged with.

naked In the letter published by The Guardian, Ibrahim (20) said it was "normal to be cursed, stripped naked, beaten with a bar, or put in solitary confinement or the 'tank'".

"They might also torture another prisoner in front of you. Of course you never forget. Ever," he added.

He also described how guards even take personal belongings from cells.

"After a prison 'inspection', you might go back to your cell and find things missing," he said.

"If your family visits and you get something from them that the guards like, you may as well forget it.

Ibrahim, whose trial has been postponed 14 times, also wrote of how he misses "everything about Ireland".

"I'm really sad about not seeing my dad, who is old and ill, and my beautiful kind sisters," he said.

"I miss soccer. I miss horse riding. MMA. I wish I could run."

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