Normalisation of Relations with Egypt cannot continue while Ibrahim is imprisoned – Boylan
Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has again voiced her frustration at the lack of progress on the case of Ibrahim Halawa.
Speaking today from Strasbourg, the Dublin MEP said;
“Today, Ibrahim faces his 19th trial hearing, having spent over 3 years of his young life behind bars. The 21 year old has been convicted of no crime and his arbitrary detention and participation in a mass trial violates both Egyptian and International law. The Irish Government must leave the Egyptian Authorities in no doubt that they want Ibrahim Halawa returned to Ireland immediately.
“There are a number of options open to President Sisi to release Ibrahim, including the Presidential decree and the Youth Amnesty but in order for him to do so, he must be left in no doubt that normal relations between Ireland and Egypt are threatened.
“Currently, President Sisi and his government are embarking on a PR exercise with the European Union, sending regular ‘positive’ updates. In the first week of March, the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Hassan Shoukry will attend the EU Council meeting in Malta to discuss the ongoing situation in Egypt.
“If there is no progress at today’s trial hearing, the Irish Government must make it clear at the next EU Council meeting that there can be no further normalisation of relations between Egypt and the EU while an Irish citizen remains in a Cairo prison.”