Continued delay in Halawa trial is a serious injustice – FF
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has again called on the Taoiseach to intervene in the case of Ibrahim Halawa whose trial in Egypt has been repeatedly delayed.
Senator Daly commented: “It is extremely disappointing to see Ibrahim’s trial delayed until December 15th. This is extremely distressing for his family and means he will continue to be detained in Egypt for at least another three months.
“It is high time the Taoiseach involved himself personally in this case. It is not good enough for Enda Kenny to continue to keep this matter at arm’s length. There have been other cases where citizens of other countries have been released or had their cases progressed because of the active involvement of their government with the Egyptian authorities. Why is the Government not fully engaged in Ibrahim’s case?
“I believe there is a strong case at least for Ibrahim to be released on bail pending his trial in December. He has been detained for an extremely long time and the ongoing delays in progressing his case are an injustice. These are the issues I would like to see the Taoiseach raised with the government in Egypt. Ibrahim is an Irish citizen who deserves fair treatment in the legal system in Egypt and the government can and should be doing more to make this case.”