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Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan pleads with Egypt to release Ibrahim Halawa

6 January, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has expressed her concern for 19-year-old Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa whose trial was postponed in Egypt for a third time today. The MEP has also pleaded with Egypt to release the teenager immediately.

Speaking in Brussels, Lynn Boylan said:

"My immediate thoughts are with Ibrahim himself and with his family. It must be a most frustrating time for them all. Ibrahim is now in prison without trial since August 2013 and the constant postponement of his trial must be of grave concern to all.

"I am pleading with Egypt's government to release Ibrahim now. There is nothing gained by incarcerating Ibrahim, who Amnesty deem to be a prisoner of conscience, any longer.

"As a new MEP one my first actions was to secure cross party political support from 27 MEPs from all groupings to sign a letter calling for Ibrahim's release.

"I have also spoken on his behalf in the Strasbourg Plenary session and I am currently awaiting a response to my requested meeting with High Representative of the European Union of Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini. I will be asking that the High Representative support my request for Ibrahim's immediate release.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to ask the Irish public to contact the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin and to ask for Ibrahim's release."  

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