29/04/15 Senator Daly speaks to the Seanad and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Chairman Pat Breen regarding The Ibrahim Halawa case

Senator Daly: I thank the Chairman for putting this on the agenda. It is important we keep pressing the Egyptian authorities. I am glad the Minister, Deputy Flanagan, met with his counterpart and pushed the case. We are disappointed that the bail hearing was not successful and I wondering if there is an opportunity for another bail application to be made in light of the fact that he is facing more minor charges than some of the 426 people in this mass trial.

There is a lot of information and misinformation about what happened in the cases of other nationals. Pushing for bail for Mr. Halawa and asking that he be allowed to leave the prison, as his sisters were, is not too much to ask of the Egyptian authorities, particularly in light of the fact that he is not facing the more serious charges regarding the storming of the police station, which is going to carry a far more serious penalty for those involved.

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Senator Daly: I thank the Chairman for bringing this matter before the committee. If we get any updates in this regard, I wonder whether it might be possible to have them noted at our meetings. I know we meet quite regularly. We do not need to discuss them at every meeting. If we were to note any developments, it would send a message to the Egyptian authorities that this issue is being monitored by the foreign affairs committee of our Parliament. Perhaps we could have a brief discussion on any updates, as the Chairman has allowed on this occasion.

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Senator Daly: There are issues in relation to the minor charges. Is there going to be a bail application? Perhaps we could continue to get a briefing from the Department.

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