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Minister Flanagan must increase pressure to ensure release of Ibrahim Halawa – Lynn Boylan

1 February, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on Minister Flanagan to increase pressure on international authorities to secure a release for Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish teenager detained in Egypt, in light of the recent deportation from Egypt of jailed journalist Peter Greste.

The Dublin MEP said:

“I'm delighted that the Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released by the Egyptian authorities today. He will now be able to travel back to his homeland Australia. Of his two detained colleagues, it is said that Mohamed Fahmy might also soon be released. However, Baher Mohamed continues to face detainment in Egypt.

“I can't but think of the fate of Ibrahim Halawa, who is also currently held in an Egyptian prison. A native of Dublin, he was only 17 when he was arrested while attending a protest with his sisters a year and a half ago. His family have been campaigning for justice ever since.

“Ibrahim is being held for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression and assembly. However he will be under trial next week and could possibly face the death penalty if convicted.

“I am calling on Charlie Flanagan to use his position as Minister for Foreign Affairs to exert as much pressure as possible on the international community and secure the immediate release of this unlawfully detained Irish teenager.”

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