After 850 days in jail, collective urgent action is required to bring Ibrahim home
On Tuesday, Ibrahim Halawa's trial in Egypt was postponed for the 11th time since he was arrested and detained, aged 17, on August 17, 2013. He has spent 850 days, over one-third of his precious teenage years, in arbitrary pre-trial detention with no meaningful review. His mass trial, in which he stands charged with 493 others without proper legal representation, is now listed to begin tomorrow.
Information coming out of Egypt is limited. It is reported that the latest adjournment has been ordered because one of the defendants was not in court due to illness. This was the same reason given for the previous adjournment in October. From what we do know, Ibrahim's mother and sister attended at the court in which the trial was due to be heard, but were barred from entering. While I commend the actions of Ireland's Ambassador to Egypt in speaking directly with Ibrahim's family in Cairo, it is shocking that his family have been denied access in this way.
If the trial goes ahead tomorrow, or on a date in the future, Ibrahim (inset) will be tried en masse with his 493 co-defendants.