Lynn Boylan MEP to host public hearing on Halawa case in European Parliament
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan is to host a public hearing of the case of Ibrahim Halawa in the European Parliament in Brussels next week.
Speaking ahead of the event today Ms Boylan said;
"Ibrahim Halawa has been in an Egyptian jail for over two years in appalling conditions. A juvenile at the time of his arrest he is part of the notorious mass trials and has no hope of getting a fair trial. His case has been postponed nine times and his family are becoming increasingly concerned for both his mental and physical health.
“I am bringing this issue to Europe because, not only is he an Irish citizen, he is also the only European political prisoner in Egypt. The EU is a trading partner with Egypt and the current Egyptian government have breached their human rights obligations under this trade agreement by placing a juvenile in arbitrary detention.
"I am hosting a delegation of activists fighting for the release of Ibrahim in Brussels on Tuesday. During this time we will be holding a public hearing where we will hear from Ibrahim's sister Somaia, who was arrested along with him but was subsequently released, his lawyer Darragh Mackin from Reprieve.
“Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, who shared a cell with Ibrahim, will also be contributing via Skype. Greste's lawyer Dr Chris Ward will travel from Sydney to discuss the presidential decree that secured Peter Grestes release.
"This delegation is particularly poignant as it takes place just days after Ibrahim’s trial was postponed for the ninth time. His new trial date is December 15th, two days after his 20th birthday.
"The hearing on Tuesday will raise further awareness of Ibrahim's plight, the ongoing campaign and the action that is needed from both the Irish Government and the European Parliament. This has been going on for too long; it is time for concrete steps."
NOTE TO EDITORS
Lynn Boylan MEP, Somaia Halawa, Darragh Mackin (Kevin Winters Law Company) will be available to speak to the media on Tuesday 20th October.
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