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Monday 11 December 2017

Ibrahim's Egyptian trial delayed

Somaiaa Halawa, Omaima Halawa and Fatima Halawa
Somaiaa Halawa, Omaima Halawa and Fatima Halawa

The trial of Dublin teenager Ibrahim Halawa was adjourned yesterday by an Egyptian court until April 26.

The 19-year-old Tallaght youth has been detained since August 2013 when he was arrested in a mosque in Cairo at a rally in support of ousted Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi.

Since then, the young Tallaght man has been held without trial along with hundreds of others facing a mass trial on charges of illegal protest and murder.

Amnesty International Ireland said he has no case to answer and is a prisoner of conscience.

His lawyer petitioned the judge yesterday to free him, stating he was an innocent juvenile and an Irish citizen. A spokesperson for the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said the minister fully supported the lawyer's petition.

Tortured

Ibrahim's sister Somaia (29) last night called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to directly intervene to free her brother.

"My mother has just visited Ibrahim and he was screaming that he has been beaten and tortured in a death penalty cell," she said.

She said almost all other foreign prisoners have been released following pressure from their governments.

aokeeffe@herald.ie

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