Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan and Councillor Sarah Holland have welcomed the involvement of the human rights charity organisation ‘Reprieve’ in the case of Ibrahim Halawa, the young Irish man from Firhouse who has been detained in an Egyptian Prison for over a year. On Tuesday 14th August, Ibrahim was brought before a mass trial, which saw the Judge walk out and refuse to deal with 480 defendants in one trial. No date has been set for a new trial. Since the trial Ibrahim has begun a hunger strike, which is causing great concern for his health.
Lynn Boylan said
" 'Reprieve' is an organisation that promotes the rule of law around the world and works to ensure that everybody receives a fair trial. The fact that Reprieve has become involved in Ibrahim's case, highlights the fact that he has little chance of a fair trial in Egypt - something that we and the Halawa family have been saying for some time”.
Cllr Sarah Holland, Ibrahim's local councillor, and Lynn Boylan MEP, have assisted the organisation by collecting signatures in support of Ibrahim Halawa. Cllr. Holland has collected the signatures of fellow Sinn Féin councillors supporting an open letter drafted by Reprieve calling on the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to use the full power of his office to demand the immediate release of Ibrahim Halawa.
Lynn Boylan previously secured 27 MEP signatures on a letter to EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and to the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry calling for the immediate release of Ibrahim.