Adams appeals to Kenny to intervene in Ibrahim Halawa case
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed news that lawyers acting on behalf of Ibrahim Halawa are to submit a new application for an Egyptian Presidential decree, in spite of comments made in the Egyptian parliament, and has called on An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, to directly intervene on Ibrahim’s behalf.
Teachta Adams said:
“Ibrahim Halawa, a twenty year old Irish citizen, has now spent over one-thousand days incarcerated in a filthy and over-populated Egyptian jail. His trial has been postponed an astonishing fourteen times and he has detailed the ill-treatment and torture he has faced, as well as what other prisoners have been subjected to. It is despicable.
“I note the unhelpful comments made in response to the Oireachtas all-party motions calling for Ibrahim’s release that were passed unanimously last month, but want to welcome the fact that a new application for his release under a Presidential decree is being made on his behalf.
“The Government’s strategy to date, although very well intended, in attempting to secure his release has been unsuccessful and I would again today appeal to Enda Kenny to exert pressure at the highest levels in Cairo to secure Ibrahim’s release.
“It is my firm belief that the Taoiseach needs to make direct contact again with the Egyptian President and Prime Minister and demand Ibrahim's release without delay.” ENDS