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Minister Charlie Flanagan must apply for Presidential Decree on Ibrahim Halawa’s behalf now – Boylan

29 June, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Responding to the shocking news that Ibrahim Halawa’s trial has been postponed for a fourteenth time until October 2nd, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has urged the Irish government to act immediately for the sake of Ibrahim’s mental health.

Speaking from Brussels, the MEP said:

“I, along with Ibrahim’s family, have pleaded for some time with the Irish government to apply for the Presidential Decree on Ibrahim’s behalf. The Presidential Decree has always been available to the Irish Government pre-sentencing.  It would allow Ibrahim to return to Ireland before a final ruling has been made in his case, and it is used in cases where a deportation or extradition would serve the ‘higher interest’ of the Egyptian state. 

“Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has always refused to do so until the trial has been completed.  We had been led to believe that a verdict would be issued today but we now hear that Ibrahim’s trial has been postponed until October.   Minster Flanagan and the Irish government must surely now accept that their strategy is failing. They need to follow the example of the Australian Government and apply for the Decree pre-sentencing.

“Australian journalist Peter Greste, a former cell mate of Ibrahim’s, was released and back home with his family before his trial concluded.

“For the sake of Ibrahim’s mental health, the Irish government must act now. News of such decisive action would give some comfort to the young man.

“I believe this must now be Minister Charlie Flanagan’s sole urgent plan of action.

“How much longer will the Irish government stand idly by as trial after trial is postponed? Enough is enough. Please act now and apply for the presidential Decree.” 

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