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Treatment of Ibrahim Halawa must ensure Irish government ends its 3 year softly, softly approach with Egypt – Lynn Boylan MEP

2 June, 2016 - by Lynn Boylan MEP


Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has urged the Irish government to respond appropriately to the latest reports from Egypt concerning the treatment endured by Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa in prison.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Brussels the Sinn Féin MEP commented:

“I believe the latest media reports concerning the gruesome treatment being meted out to Ibrahim and his fellow prisoners must bring to an end the Irish government’s softly, softly approach to dealing with the Egyptian government.

“The government’s approach has got us nowhere. Here we are three years later reading in great detail about the torture that Ibrahim has been subjected to.

"While I believe Ibrahim's situation has clearly deteriorated, it should be noted that some of the abuses now being referred to were described to me when I visited Ibrahim in prison and I relayed my concerns back to the Department of Foreign Affairs at that time. I also referred to the need for Ibrahim to be examined by an independent doctor but that never happened. I reiterate that call today.

“The Irish government must now respond to today's reports as a matter of urgency. There is no point in ignoring what is happening to Ibrahim simply to appease the Egyptian government. Where has that got us after nearly three years of imprisonment without trial, imprisonment without access to lawyers and imprisonment while being subjected to horrific abuse?

“The world can see the wrongs of Ibrahim’s situation. The European Parliament voted by 566 votes to 11 for Ibrahim’s immediate and unconditional release. It is now futile for the Irish government to continue to exchange pleasantries with the Egyptian government. It is time for some strong words.

“Ibrahim has spoken of seeing fellow inmates crucified and of being forced to watch other prisoners being subjected to various methods of torture. Ibrahim was arrested as a juvenile and is still in prison nearly three years later. The Irish government and the international community must urgently call on Egypt to release Ibrahim now.”        

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