Statement by Minister Flanagan on the case of Ibrahim Halawa29/3/15
Following the commencement of the trial of Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt today, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, stated:
"Ibrahim Halawa's welfare while in custody remains a primary concern for me and for my Department, as it has been in our extensive engagement in this case to date.
"Officials from the Irish Embassy attended the court today and the presence of our Ambassador was acknowledged at the hearing."
"I fully support the petition of release submitted by Ibrahim's lawyers and I and the Irish Government will continue to engage actively with the Egyptian authorities at the highest level to highlight our concerns, and to work in the best interests of this Irish citizen. I want to see Ibrahim back in Ireland with his family and completing his studies.
"My Department will continue to provide support and consular assistance to this Irish citizen, and his family, and to work actively towards a positive outcome in this case."
29 March 2015
Note to editors:
The trial of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa began today and was attended by officials from the Irish Embassy in Cairo.
A formal petition for his release was made by Ibrahim Halawa's lawyers, with specific reference being made to his youth and his Irish citizenship.
The judge adjourned the case until 26 April to allow consideration of petitions made.