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Crowe in Dáil Solidarity Call for Halawa Before Weekend Trial

1 October, 2015 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Seán Crowe TD requested in the Dáil today that a expression of solidarity be announced on behalf of Ibrahim Halawa, the Firhouse native who has been jailed for two years in an Egyptian jail and is about to face trial this weekend. 

Deputy Crowe addressed Tánaiste Joan Burton and appealed for the House to reach out to Ibrahim’s family at this most difficult time.

Deputy Crowe said:

“Ibrahim Halawa is facing a mass trial this Sunday. If convicted he will be sentenced to death and I’m calling on the Government to discuss this hugely important  case.

“The conditions he’s staying in in the jail are horrific. He is sleeping on a mat, the food is at times is inedible and there is the obvious safety concerns. Conditions for family visits are also unacceptable - he’s supposed to get an hour – but his family says that sometimes they get four to five minutes.

“He’s an Irish citizen, he comes from Firhouse, and  is facing a possible death sentence if found guilty.

"I want the Dail to  discuss his case and  send solidarity to him and his family, particularly facing into this  difficult weekend.”

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