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Halawa family take their case to the European Parliament

19 October, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan and the family of jailed Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa have left for Brussels this afternoon for a public hearing of his case in the European Parliament.

Speaking today Ms Boylan said;

"Ibrahim Halawa has been in an Egyptian jail for over two years in appalling conditions, with no hope of getting a fair trial. 

“I am hosting a delegation of activists that have been working tirelessly for the release of Ibrahim.

“We are 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 and Ciarán Sutter 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 tomorrow aims to raise further awareness of Ibrahim's case, the campaign his release and the action that is needed from both the Irish Government and the European Parliament.

“We need action on this case now.”

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