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Lynn Boylan highlights the plight of Ibrahim Halawa at European Parliament

15 January, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has again highlighted the plight of Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa who has been imprisoned in Egypt without trial since August 2013.

Speaking last night in a European Parliament debate on the current situation in Egypt Ms Boylan said:

“Ibrahim, at 17, was a child when first arrested following the protests in Cairo and has been deemed a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

He has been denied urgent medical attention for a gunshot wound to his hand following the protest, he is now permanently disfigured. He has been badly beaten and subjected to solitary confinement in prison.

Ibrahim’s trial was postponed three times and today he still faces a mass trial along with 493 other prisoners with whom he has been jointly charged despite a complete lack of evidence.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind the High Representative, Federica Mogherini of my requests to meet to discuss Ibrahim’s case and the urgent need for his immediate and unconditional release”.

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