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Cllr. Enda Fanning welcomes Council’s call for government to apply for Presidential Decree on behalf of Ibrahim Halawa

11 July, 2016

Cllr. Enda Fanning has welcomed South Dublin County Council’s call for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to immediately apply for the Presidential Decree on Ibrahim Halawa’s behalf. Ibrahim has languished in an Egyptian prison, without trial, for nearly three years now.

Speaking after his motion was adopted unanimously, the Sinn Féin councillor for the Templeogue-Terenure area said:

“Following the fourteenth postponement of Ibrahim’s trial on June 29th, it is now clear that a radical review of how the government approaches Ibrahim’s incarceration is required.

“Following on from last week’s Dáil debate, it appears that the government is now open to such a review.

“The motion passed today by South Dublin County Council calls for the Presidential Decree to be applied for immediately. The motion also sends a message to Ibrahim that his local council has not forgotten about him and will continue to support calls for his release.

“The Presidential Decree 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.

“The Australian Government applied for the Decree pre-sentencing and Australian journalist Peter Greste, a former cell mate of Ibrahim’s, was released and back home with his family before his trial concluded.

“We can only hope that an application for the Presidential Decree on Ibrahim’s behalf will also be successful and allow Ibrahim to return home to his family as soon as possible”.     

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