MEP Lynn Boylan urges public to write to Ibrahim Halawa
Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has again appealed to the Irish government to take a more proactive role in seeking the release of Ibrahim Halawa from prison in Egypt where he has been detained for two years this month.
She also asked people to write to Ibrahim in prison to let him know that the campaign in Ireland for his release has not abated and will continue until Ibrahim is allowed to come home.
Ms Boylan said:
“I travelled to Egypt last weekend and it was the first time that Ibrahim Halawa was able to hug his sister in the two years of his detention. His trial was due to be held the following day but was postponed again until October.
“Ibrahim has languished in an Egyptian prison for two years. He has been refused outside medical treatment, though he still suffers from injuries sustained during his arrest and has developed breathing difficulties and chest pains due to mistreatment while in captivity.
“During court appearances, Ibrahim is tried alongside 490 other prisoners and may not hear the evidence presented against him or make representation for his own case. He has never met the solicitor for his defence.
“Ibrahim has said that seeing the campaign at home for his release has meant the world to him. At first, his sisters would show him photos and video from their phones. When he was moved to a second prison this was now longer allowed so he now has no access to news from home.
“I would ask anyone and everyone to write to Ibrahim in prison and let him know that he has not been forgotten about and there are many people who want to bring him back to the streets of Dublin.
“Ibrahim is a Dublin teenager who was arrested at the age of 17. The Irish Government needs to do more to secure his release.”