Taoiseach Varadkar must act to get Ibrahim home - Lynn Boylan MEP
Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan has expressed her outrage at today’s postponement of the verdict of Ibrahim Halawa.
MEP Boylan said;
“Once again, Ibrahim and his family have been built up to expect an end to this horrific ordeal only to have their hopes shattered once again. I can only imagine the impact that today’s news is having on them as a family.
“Today’s three week delay only further confirms what I and Ibrahim’s family have said all along; the Egyptian judicial system is broken and does not meet international standards.
“Let us not forget that it was last Summer that we were similarly told by the Irish Government that they had received assurances from the Egyptian authorities that the trial would conclude.
"So while embarrassing for the Irish Government to once again be strung along, it is the family that have to deal with the devastation that their brother’s nightmare will continue.
“Taoiseach Varadkar was scheduled to speak with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at later on this afternoon in anticipation of a judgement on Ibrahim's case. Regardless of the court's judgement to postpone Ibrahim's trial for another three weeks, that call should still be made to the Egyptian President and insist Ibrahim is urgently freed and allowed to return home to his family and friends in Ireland.
“I sincerely hope that after today’s farce that the Irish Government will insist that the Presidential Decree be immediately applied pre-verdict, as was the case with Australian Journalist Peter Greste.