Wednesday 25 April 2018

Amal Clooney invited to appear in front of Oireachtas committee

Lawyer Amal Clooney
Lawyer Amal Clooney

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

THE wife of Hollywood star George Clooney is to be invited to appear in front of an Oireachtas committee to discuss the plight of jailed Dublin man Ibrahim Halawa.

Amal Clooney’s law firm Doughty Street Chambers represents Mr Halawa, who has been locked in an Egyptian jail for more than three years.

Actor George Clooney (R) and Amal Clooney
Actor George Clooney (R) and Amal Clooney

Members of the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs committee agreed in private on Thursday to invite the firm in later this year.

The firm is expected to criticise the Government’s response to the detention of Mr Halawa, who once again saw his trial postponed this month.

In a letter to the committee this week, Mr Halawa’s former cellmate Peter Greste said the Tallaght man is in “no way a violent terrorist” or a “threat to any society”.

Mr Greste has also claimed that Ibrahim’s “ethnic origins” have obscured the need to address the way his “most basic rights as an Irish and European citizen have been denied.”

Meanwhile, Committee member and Fianna Fáil senator Mark Daly has criticised the Egyptian ambassador to Ireland Soha Gendi who has declined to appear in front of the committee.

“It is outrageous and an affront to the Irish people and the plight of Ibrahim,” Mr Daly said.

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