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Lynn Boylan MEP writes to Taoiseach urging him to directly contact Egyptian President on behalf of Ibrahim Halawa

12 November, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny calling on him directly intervene on behalf of Irishman Ibrahim Halawa who has been imprisoned without trail in Egypt since since 2013.

She said that Taoiseach must make personal contact with Egypt's President and ask that he approve Ibrahim's release by Presidential Decree.

Boylan made the comments following the news today that Ibrahim's trial has been postponed for the 16th time. The new date has been set for December 13th.

She said;

"Ibrahim Halawa is an Irish citizen, a young man from Dublin, who is being held captive in Egypt without trial. This grievous injustice is going on for over three long years.

"This is the sixteenth postponement of Ibrahim's trial. He continues to suffer appalling physical and mental degradation as he languishes in prison far from home.

"We cannot begin to imagine the anguish being felt by his family this afternoon as they heard the news of yet another postponement.

"I have to ask, where is the urgency from the Irish government? 

"I have written to the Taoiseach to express my strong view that he must now pick up the phone and makes personal contact with the President Egypt to request that he grants the release of Ibrahim by President Decree.

"All of the evidence shows that such a decree will only be successful if it is followed up with intense diplomatic pressure. It is absolutely imperative that the Taoiseach makes direct contact with President Abdel Fattah el Sisi. 

"This is something that Enda Kenny must do today. It is his responsibility to intervene to ensure that a citizen of this country is no longer held in inhumane and unjust incarceration.

"Do the right thing, Taoiseach. Make that call."

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