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Continued incarceration of Ibrahim Halawa is a blatant human rights violation – Adams

24 March, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has described the continued incarceration of Ibrahim Halawa as “a blatant violation of his human rights.”

Speaking from Stormont Castle, where he is participating in negotiations, Teachta Adams said;

“Ibrahim appeared in court earlier this week in a wheelchair. It is also believed he is suffering greatly as a result of ulceration of the skin due to fly-bites.

“This is a very painful and serious condition. Ibrahim is very sick.

“After more than three years, the Egyptian state has failed to produce any evidence against Ibrahim. The state’s technical report doesn’t even mention Ibrahim.

“The continued incarceration of Ibrahim Halawa is vindictive and cruel. It is a blatant violation of his human rights.

“President Sisi must now consent to Ibrahim’s release. He can do so today, either through the use of Presidential decree or through a Youth Amnesty.

“There is no impediment to securing Ibrahim’s freedom other than the will of the Egyptian state.

 “Every day that Ibrahim spends in jail is another day needlessly taken from his life.

“The Irish Government must now consider taking a legal challenge against Ibrahim’s continued imprisonment as their diplomatic efforts have fallen on deaf ears.” 

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