Ibrahim Halawa’s local council now urges Taoiseach to ring Egypt’s President el-Sisi – Cllr Enda Fanning
South Dublin County Council has unanimously passed a motion urging the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to lift the phone and to speak personally to President el-Sisi to urge him to adopt the Presidential Decree which would allow for Ibrahim to return to Dublin. Ibrahim's legal team applied for the Presidential Decree on August 18th.
Following on from a previous motion in July, Sinn Féin Cllr Enda Fanning, who proposed the motion, believes that personal contact between the Taoiseach and President el-Sisi is now necessary to progress Ibrahim's situation.
Speaking after the Council passed his motion today, Cllr Fanning said:
“The 15th postponement of Ibrahim's trial on October 2nd has once again shown that the Taoiseach needs to involve himself directly in the attempts to secure Ibrahim's release.
“This cannot go on. Ibrahim is suffering more both physically and mentally with each postponement. He is now over three years in prison without trial and as an Irish citizen he needs his government to act.
“When Australian Journalist Peter Greste was imprisoned in Egypt, the then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott contacted President el-Sisi and spoke directly with him. The Australian government engaged in high level pressure and public criticism of the Egyptian government and at the end of the day Peter Greste was released after 13 months in prison. Meanwhile, the Irish government continues with it’s softly, softly approach and Ibrahim still languishes in prison 38 months later.
“It is now time for Taoiseach Enda Kenny to make personal contact with President el-Sisi.”
Note: Please see the wording of motion passed by South Dublin County Council, 17/10/2016, below:
After the 15th postponement of Ibrahim Halawa's trial in Egypt on October 2nd this Council (Ibrahim's local council), asks An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny to personally contact Egypt's president, Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, by telephone and to ask him to approve Ibrahim's release by Presidential Decree (The Presidential Decree was applied for by Ibrahim's legal team on August 18th).