Adams again demands Kenny intervene in Halawa case
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said the Government's strategy to secure the release from an Egyptian prison of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa has failed.
Mr Adams has called for a more open and direct approach by the Government with the Egyptian authorities.
Accompanied today by Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan who has just returned from Egypt where she visited Halawa in custody, Gerry Adams said:
“Ibrahim Halawa is a 19-year-old Irish citizen who has been imprisoned for over two years in Egypt.
“Ibrahim and his three sisters were among those arrested after taking refuge in a mosque during protests in Cairo.
“This week Ibrahim received news that his trial has been postponed, yet again, until October 4th and that he has no chance of bail or release before that date.
“Mr Halawa’s family are increasingly worried about his physical safety and mental health.
“He has been denied treatment for a medical condition despite repeated requests by his lawyer.
“I have written to the President of Egypt over Ibrahim's continued detention, asking him to intervene on humanitarian grounds to ensure Ibrahim’s speedy release and his return to his family in Ireland.
“Ibrahim's family have expressed concern at what they believe is the ineffectiveness of the Irish Government’s strategy for securing his release.
“I know that the Irish Government has raised Ibrahim's case with the Egyptian government but as I have said directly to the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny several times in correspondence, he needs to intervene more directly.
“Minister Charlie Flanagan should visit Ibrahim in Egypt.
“Amnesty International has established beyond doubt that Ibrahim is a prisoner of conscience.
“This young Irish citizen has been detained for two years now solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression and assembly.
“I am again today appealing to Enda Kenny to exert pressure at the highest levels in Cairo to secure Ibrahim’s release.
“It is my firm belief that the Taoiseach needs to make direct contact with the Egyptian President and Prime Minister to demand that they release Ibrahim Halawa.”