Adams appeals directly to Egyptian President over Halawa
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has appealed directly to the President of Egypt over the continued detention of Ibrahim Halawa, a 19-year-old Irish citizen who is now on Hunger Strike in an Egyptian prison.
Mr Adams has asked that the President intervene directly in the case of Halawa who has been awaiting trial for almost two years.
In a letter to the Egyptian Leader on Halawa's case, Gerry Adams said:
"There is widespread concern in Ireland at his continued detention and the constant delays in his trial.
"His family are deeply worried for Ibrahim’s mental well being after his case was adjourned earlier this month for the seventh time.
"Ibrahim was only 17-years-old at the time of his arrest. He is now 19. He went to Egypt on holiday.
"Ibrahim and his three sisters were among those arrested after taking refuge in a mosque during protests in Cairo. The next court date has been set for August 2nd.
"I know that the Irish government has been raising this case with the Egyptian government.
"I am sure you can appreciate that Ibrahim’s family are deeply concerned for him.
"I ask you to intervene on humanitarian grounds to ensure Ibrahim’s speedy release and return to his family in Ireland."