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Ibrahim Halawa

Ibrahim Halawa

Ibrahim Halawa

THE case of an Irish teen being held by Egyptian authorities is to be heard tomorrow, along with 482 other defendants.

Ibrahim Halawa (18) was arrested last year along with three of his sisters during a day of protests called by the Muslim Brotherhood against the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi.

The family claim security officials began firing on protesters, who were peacefully demonstrating in the streets.

Somaia (28), Fatima (23) and Omaima Halawa (21) were released from prison on bail last November and allowed to return to Ireland the following month.

But Irish-born Ibrahim has had his period of detention extended a number of times, despite no specific charges being made against him.

He is the son of Sheikh Hussein Halawa, Imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Clonskeagh, Dublin, and the family has been getting consular assistance from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

And now it has emerged that he has been moved to another jail without the knowledge of his family, legal team or the Irish embassy ahead of the hearing.

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The mass trial of 483 people was to go ahead last month but was postponed due to what is thought to be a lack of space for all of the defendants and their legal representatives.

Previous mass trials in relation to the protests and subsequent crackdown by the Egyptian military saw death sentences handed down to hundreds of people. Somaia Halawa says her brother has "lost hope" adding: "God knows what he is going through.

"This is just another way 
for them to mentally torture him. He may have been thinking he was going out and then he just ended up in a different prison."

A Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman said that they were made aware that Ibrahim had been moved as a result of "their ongoing contacts with the Halawa family".

"Diplomats from the embassy will seek to visit Ibrahim at Tora prison immediately after the weekend," the spokesperson added.

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