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Growing fears for Ibrahim Halawa’s health in Egyptian jail- Lynn Boylan MEP

6 August, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has vocalised her mounting concern for Ibrahim Halawa’s health as he faces into his third year of detention without trial in an Egyptian prison.

Speaking today at a press conference, which was also attended by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, Ms Boylan said:

“When we visited Ibrahim last Monday, despite his spirits rising considerably on seeing his sister, his health is not good.

“He needs to see a specialist doctor as a matter of urgency.

“There is also a pressing need for an Irish Ambassador to be appointed to Egypt as soon as possible to ensure that cases like Ibrahim’s receive as much support as possible.

“Ibrahim is convinced the publicity campaign for his release, spear headed by his family and friends here is Dublin, is paramount to ensuring his safety in the Egyptian prison.

“We desperately need clarity surrounding the severity of the charges Ibrahim is facing and we need an unequivocal reason as to why bail has been refused so many times.

 “I will be sending a report to and I am available to brief the Minister’s department, the Oireachtas Foreign Affairs committee and the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini directly on my experience to see is there anything I can offer to help with Ibrahim’s case.

 “It’s time to bring Ibrahim home before he commences his third year of detention without trial.”

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