Urgent action required by government on Halawa case after execution in Egypt-Senator Mark Daly 

Senator Mark Daly today called for urgent action by the government in the case of Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish citizen in jail in Egypt who could face execution following a court case later this month. This weekend saw the first execution of a prisoner convicted by the Egyptian courts following the overthrow of the government 2 years ago.

As a  member of the Foreign Affairs committee Senator Mark Daly is calling for the government to intercede with the Egyptian President and seek the release Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish national, a juvenile of 17 at the time of his arrest.

A motion requesting the Egyptian ambassador to meet with the foreign affairs committee to discuss the Halawa case will be discussed this week. The motion on the Ibrahim Halawa issue will be discussed at the Foreign Affairs committee meeting on Wednesday.The senator is also seeking the Taoiseach to request of the Egyptian President allow Ibrahim to return to Ireland and his studies

‘Talk is cheap’ said Senator Daly “and visits by Irish officials to the prisons is activity masquerading as action, what this Irish citizen needs is government intervention and action.Other countries have managed to get their citizens released after government intervention including Australia”.

“The Government lacks urgency, recently it has been the case that Foreign Defendants are eligible for deportation to their home countries, why has out government failed to pursue this route? Amnesty international report into the Halawa case has shown he is innocent of all charges and should be released” said Senator Daly who is Fianna Fail Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora.

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