Gerry Adams TD calls for release of Ibrahim Halawa
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has expressed his serious concern at the continued imprisonment of Ibrahim Halawa who along with his sisters, was acquitted by an Egyptian Court almost three weeks ago.
Speaking in the Dáil today Teachta Adams said:
“It’s almost three weeks from September 18th when Ibrahim Halawa and his three sisters were finally acquitted of all charges.
"For his family and supporters that decision was a long time coming, but especially for Ibrahim who has spent the last four years of his life in prison.
"The family, and I’m sure Ibrahim, thought this was the end of a long nightmare. There was an expectation that he would be released within days.
"However, as of today Ibrahim has still not been released from prison and there is no hard information about when he might be. Arguably he is illegally held. What’s the basis of holding him in prison?
"The family have been told that there is an issue around paperwork"
Speaking afterwards, Teachta Adams said:
“The Taoiseach told us today that he has written to the Egyptian President and that the Minister for Foreign Affairs has spoken to his opposite number in the Egyptian government but much more urgency needs to be adopted if Ibrahim Halawa’s ordeal is to be brought to an end.
"I would urge the Taoiseach to pick up the phone and speak to President el-Sisi and to ensure that government officials are visiting Ibrahim to ensure his well being.”