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Minister Flanagan expresses disappointment at further adjournment in Ibrahim Halawa case

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

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charles Flanagan TD, expressed disappointment following the further adjournment in the case of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt.

“I understand that the case has been adjourned until 15 December. Ibrahim’s lawyers made an application for his release at today’s hearing with our Embassy’s support for this application being directly conveyed by the lawyers to the Judge. We now have to wait for the Judge to make a ruling on this application.

"The Irish Government was represented at today’s hearing by officials from the Irish Embassy in Cairo, who have attended all hearings to date and have also paid 45 consular visits to Mr Halawa. This level of attendance and consular visitation is a critical tool in the Irish Government’s approach to this case and underlines the importance the Government attaches to the case. My Department will continue to provide all possible consular assistance to Mr Halawa and his family, and will continue to work actively to try to secure positive progress for him at the earliest possible date.

"In my continuing contacts with my Egyptian counterpart Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, I have always acknowledged the importance of due process in this case but I have also highlighted the Government’s concern regarding the length of time Mr. Halawa, an Irish citizen, has spent in detention. The Egyptian Government is in no doubt as to the Irish Government’s strong interest in Mr Halawa’s welfare and our hope that his case can be resolved as soon as possible.

ENDS

Press Office
4 October 2015