Monday 20 November 2017

Postponement of trial of Irish teen Ibrahim Halawa is 'outrageous' - Joe Costello TD

Labour TD calls for Dublin and Egypt officials to "redouble efforts"

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Labour TD Joe Costello has said that the postponement of the trial of Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa for the fourth time is “outrageous”.

The 17-year-old Dublin Muslim had been due to make his fourth court appearance since he arrested 18 months ago at a protest in Cairo, Egypt.

Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa
Somaia and Khadija Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa, who is being detained in Egypt, pictured at their home in Firhouse, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

“It’s now August 2013 since Ibrahim was first detained – without bail without trial. That really isn’t great justice,” Mr Costello told News at One on RTE Radio 1 this afternoon.

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“It is outrageous that is postponed again and that he should be kept in prison again. He is an Irish citizen and it is totally unacceptable.”

The Dublin Central TD acknowledged that the Ireland ambassador in Egypt and Minister of Foreign Charlie Flanagan have done “a lot of work”.

“But we need to redouble our efforts. We need to strongly say to Egypt that this is unacceptable. We need to raise the issue again and again."

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