Statement by Minister Flanagan following a further hearing in the trial of Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt9/5/17
Statement by Minister Flanagan following a further hearing in the trial of Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt
Following a further hearing in the trial of Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan stated:
“My officials were in court again today for a further hearing in the trial involving Ibrahim Halawa. Further witness testimony was heard. I welcome the presiding Judge’s declaration today that he intends to make use of new legal provisions involving testimony which will assist with the acceleration of the trial process.
“The next hearing in this complex case has been scheduled for 17 May. This is the shortest adjournment that we have seen in the trial, and I believe this can be taken as a positive sign of momentum in this long running case.
“I welcome that the trial is now moving forward. I wish to see it concluded as quickly as possible so that Ibrahim Halawa’s ordeal can be brought to an end. In the meantime, we will continue to provide every possible consular assistance and support to him.
“Our Ambassador in Egypt, Damien Cole, paid a further consular visit to Ibrahim in prison on Sunday last, 7 May. The Ambassador conveyed some clear messages on my behalf – that the Government is continuing to do everything possible to secure his release; that we are maintaining maximum pressure on Egypt on his behalf; that we are determined to see that he is returned to Ireland soon; and that he should look after his health.
“This case continues to be a high priority for the Government. We will continue to provide all possible consular care.”
09 May 2017