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Irish Government must intensify its efforts to secure the release of Ibrahim Halawa - Gerry Adams TD

14 March, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has stated that the Irish government must intensify its efforts to secure the release of Irishman Ibrahim Halawa who has spent more than three years of his young life imprisoned in Egypt.

Deputy Adams made the comments following the failure of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El- Sisi to include Ibrahim on list of 203 young prisoners who were released from prison yesterday.

He said;

"I want to air in the strongest possible terms my grave disappointment that Ibrahim Halawa was not released along with the other youth prisoners in Egypt yesterday.

"Members of Ibrahim's family have today expressed their very serious fears regarding his worsening condition - going so far as to say that they believe that he is dying.

"Their fear and their anger is completely understandable.

"Ibrahim has been held without trial for over three years. His continued incarceration is an affront to basic human decency and justice.

"It is critically important that the Irish government, particulary Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Charlie Flanagan, now intensify their efforts to secure Ibrahim's release."

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