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Ibrahim Halawa must be freed immediately – Gerry Adams TD

26 April, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called for the immediate release of Irishman Ibrahim Halawa from prison in Egypt.

Speaking after it was announced that Ibrahim’s trial has been postponed again until May 9th, Deputy Adams said:

“Ibrahim Halawa must be freed immediately.

“This is the twenty-third time that his trial has been postponed.  On May 9th, Ibrahim will have spent 1360 days in prison – that is 1360 days stolen from this young man’s life.

“His physical and mental health is deteriorating by the day,  as confirmed by an Independent Irish Doctor who visited Ibrahim in February.

“The Irish government, and particularly the Taoiseach and Minister Charlie Flanagan, must demand his immediate release from prison. The government must also seek support for his release internationally from the governments of other states.

“The Egyptian authorities have not produced a shred of evidence against Ibrahim. He could be released tomorrow either by way of President Decree or through a youth amnesty.

“His continued detention is a violation of his basic human rights and an affront to human decency.”

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