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Time for Irish Government to take legal challenge against Egypt – Boylan

22 March, 2017 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the Irish Government to take an international legal challenge against the Egyptian Government for breaching the human rights of Irish citizen, Ibrahim Halawa.

Speaking after the news of the 20th postponement of the young man’s trial, Ms Boylan said:

“It is clear from the most recent postponement that President Sisi is not taking the calls of the Irish Government to release Ibrahim seriously, despite having the means to do so through both the youth amnesty and the presidential decree. I believe that the Irish Government must now put their words into action and pursue the legal avenue.

“In spite of Ibrahim’s ill health, a request from his lawyer to the judge at today’s hearing to release him on health grounds was rejected. This alone is further evidence of the regard for human rights, the judicial system has.

“The technical report into evidence and video footage shows that Ibrahim has no case to answer and was only exercising his right to freedom of assembly and expression.  He is not even named in the report, yet he must stay in prison until all of the state witnesses have testified? 

“Over the last 3 and half years, the court has only heard evidence on two occasions from 15 of the 100 witnesses.  At this rate, it will take years for the trial to conclude, it is time that the Irish Government took a hard line and defended this young man’s human rights.” 

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