The Foreign Affairs Committee are considering visiting Irish Citizen in Egyptian Jail
The Senate Leader will be asking for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to come to Senate so as to facilitate debate concerning the imprisonment of Ibrahim Halawa, who Amnesty International has said is innocent of all charges. Mr. Halawa, (19) an Irish born citizen of Firehouse in Dublin, has been imprisoned for 666 days after his supposed involvement in confrontations with Egyptian Security Forces in Cairo in 2013. Amnesty International has maintained that Mr. Halawa is innocent of all charges, and has asked for his immediate release. After the most recent instance of his case being adjourned, Mr. Halawa has gone on a hunger strike until he is released and returned home. Mr. Halawa, in a note smuggled out of his cell, spoke of his heinous living conditions with 40 other prisoners and how he oftentimes will “wake up to noises of torture knowing I can be next.” His family has expressed great concern over the conditions that Mr. Halawa is enduring, and is questioning the government handling of this situation even though Ibrahim is an Irish citizen.
Senator Mark Daly has also been critical of the lack of government action saying “The Taoiseach needs to get involved as the Prime Ministers of Canada and Australia have”
Senator Daly has proposed that members of the Foreign Affairs committee should go visit Mr. Halawa and meet with members of the Egyptian government. The outcome of the situation remains up in the air, with Mr. Halawa set to stand trial on August 2nd.