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Taoiseach should urgently examine new options in Ibrahim Halawa case – Adams

5 April, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today asked the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to urgently review the options available to the government to secure the release of Ibrahim Halawa who today had his 21st trial postponed.

There is widespread concern surrounding Ibrahim Halawa’s health. Last week, the Taoiseach wrote to the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi asking that he release the Dublin man on humanitarian grounds.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Teachta Adams said:

“Thus far, the Government’s lobbying on this case has had no impact on the Egyptian Government and President Sisi.

“The family and Ibrahim’s lawyers believe that the Government now only has two options open to it.

“The first is to hire an Egyptian lawyer and file a suit in the Egyptian Administrative Court demanding that President Sisi apply Rule 140.

“This would allow a prisoner to be returned to his home country to be tried or to carry out their sentence.

“The second option would be for the Government to begin an international legal challenge against Egypt on the grounds of human rights violations against an Irish citizen.

“I ask the Taoiseach to urgently examine both options.” 

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