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Monday 11 December 2017

Trial of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa postponed for 11th time

Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa

Sarah-Jane Murphy

The trial of Irishman Ibrahim Halawa, due to commence today in Cairo, has been postponed for the eleventh time.

He was due to be tried today alongside more than 400 other defendants.

Mr Halawa was detained, aged 17, in August 2013 during a protests in Ramses Square in the Egyptian capital following the overthrow of President Morsi.

He has to-date spent 28 months in jail in Cairo.

Concerns have been raised by TDs and human rights groups over his trial, which has been postponed or delayed ten times to date.

Last weekend 130 ribbons were pinned to a swathe of lace draped over the Egyptian embassy's railings in Dublin to mark each week he has spent in jail.

Family and supporters of imprisoned Ibrahim Halawa had gathered outside the embassy in Dublin to mark his 20th birthday.

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