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Minister Flanagan must act on case of Ibrahim Halawa after 25th adjournment – Boylan

17 May, 2017 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has expressed her deep concern at the 25th adjournment of the trial of Irishman, Ibrahim Halawa.  Ibrahim Halawa has spent almost four years in an Egyptian prison.

Speaking from Strasbourg, the Dublin MEP said:

“In recent weeks, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has been trying to put a positive spin on the ongoing illegal incarceration of Ibrahim Halawa. The Minister has pointed to witness testimonies being heard and to shorter adjournments.

“He has never once pointed to the fact that under Egyptian law, pre-trial detention in excess of 2 years is illegal, neither has he pointed out that Ibrahim does not even appear in the book of evidence.

“Minister Flanagan’s statements of late have lent legitimacy to a trial process that does not stand up to even basic International standards.  It can only be assumed that he is hoping the positive spin will take attention off his failed quiet diplomacy strategy.

“Today’s delay shows that there is nothing positive about the judicial system in Egypt. We now have a situation where Ibrahim will spend another six weeks in prison despite allegations of sexual assaults and despite an Irish Doctor calling for his immediate release on health grounds.

“It is time for Minister Flanagan to finally act and pursue a legal challenge against the Egyptian State.” 

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