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Minister concerned over delays in trial of Ibrahim Halawa

Consular, Ireland, Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2015

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, has expressed his concern that the trial of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa has once again been delayed.

Speaking following the postponement of the hearing in Cairo this morning, the Minister said:

“I am disappointed to learn of the further delay today and concerned that the Egyptian authorities continue to consider Ibrahim's case as part of a group trial. I have personally raised the Government’s concerns about this case with my Egyptian counterpart on a number of occasions.

“Officials in Dublin and Cairo have been working actively on this case, and have been in ongoing and sustained contact with the Egyptian authorities and international partners, since Ibrahim Halawa was initially imprisoned.

“My Department will continue to take all appropriate action to ensure Ibrahim’s welfare, and to seek a review of his case, his release and return to his family and his studies.

“In the meantime, we will continue to provide all possible consular assistance to Ibrahim Halawa and his family.”

ENDS

Press Office

8 February 2015