Lynn Boylan MEP welcomes EU push for Ibrahim Halawa
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has responded to the news that Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa’s trial has been postponed for the 17th time and will resume on January 17th, 2017.
“Today Ibrahim is having his 21st birthday in an Egyptian jail in appalling conditions where he has been detained without trial for almost 3 and a half years since he was arrested as a minor at a pro-democracy demonstration.
“That this is now the 17th time his trial has been postponed shows plainly what a farce the Egyptian justice system is and the unlikelihood that Ibrahim will ever be offered the chance of a fair trial, especially given the fact that he is also being prosecuted along with 493 others.
“The President of the European Parliament made a clear statement this week in the plenary and called on the Egyptian government to respect its human rights obligations on Ibrahim‘s case and has now sent a letter to the Egyptian president to express his concern.
“In Ireland, where the Taoiseach’s own letters to the Egyptian president have clearly had little impact, it is now well overdue that Enda Kenny picks up the phone to speak to him directly. Furthermore, given that there is currently a review ongoing by Egyptian authorities on its young prisoners, it is essential that the Irish government lobby hard to ensure that Ibrahim's case is included in this process.
“A Dublin teenager is missing out on some of the best years of his youth and it is absolutely urgent that all possible avenues are explored by the Irish government to end this travesty of justice in Egypt.”