Mayor Holland calls for immediate release of Ibrahim Halawa
Mayor of South Dublin County, Sarah Holland, went to Brussels as part of a human rights delegation led by Lynn Boylan MEP and the Halawa sisters, in order to raise the plight of Firhouse teenager Ibrahim Halawa.
“Ibrahim has been in the Egyptian prison system now for over two years, when he should have been in Trinity studying to become an engineer with his school friends.
"The delegation yesterday made representations to MEPS from across Europe and our message was loud & clear – The Egyptian Government need to hear our voices on this. They need to know that we will not stop until Ibrahim is home.”
"The delegation was made up of Ibrahim's legal team, Darragh Mackin and Gavin Booth of KRW law in Belfast and barristers from Doughty Street chambers in London, as well as political representatives and members of Amnesty International and Reprieve, who have designated Ibrahim as a prisoner of conscience.
Cllr Holland said:
“Reprieve have said that they are encountering difficulties communicating with our Department of Foreign Affairs, and these concerns were echoed by the Halawa family.
"Barristers from Doughty Street chambers have worked on several cases of foreign citizens being held in Egypt, and have said that the only thing missing in this case is strong intervention from the Irish Government.
"It would be of tremendous help to Ibrahim if the Government would now start to demand his release, as the Americans did in the case Mohammed Soltan and the Australians did with Peter Greste.
"Both these men have now been released and are campaigning for Ibrahim's release.
"The least the Government can do now is weigh in behind this campaign”