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Lynn Boylan MEP leads Ibrahim Halawa campaign in Europe

17 July, 2014 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin MEP has voiced her concern in the European Parliament this week and called upon Egyptian authorities to release 17 year old Irish citizen, Ibrahim Halawa, unlawfully held without charge in an Egyptian prison for almost one year.

"This week in the European Parliament I asked my colleagues to sign a declaration of support for Ibrahim and his situation. It is a sign of the serious breach of rights Ibrahim has been subjected to that MEPs right across the political spectrum were willing to add their voice to the campaign to see Ibrahim released."

"Having met with Ibrahim's sisters who were also arrested at the time but subsequently released, it is clear to me how urgent it is that action is taken now for Ibrahim. The mass trials Ibrahim could be subjected to where neither he nor his defence lawyers are able to attend are unlawful and incredibly worrying."

"I have written to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan and the EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton to ensure that concrete steps are being taken at home and in Europe to ensure that Ibrahim can return home to Ireland and his family. I will continue to keep close contact with his family and update them with any developments in Europe."

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