On Wednesday 9 December I put forward a motion at a meeting of the Committee of Foreign Affairs to issue an invite to the legal representatives of Ibrahim Halawa to give an update to the committee.
Next week Ibrahim, an Irish Citizen held in an Egyptian Prison for over 2 years will again face trial. As the legal opinion from Ibrahim’s legal team shows they believe that Egyptian Law 140 can be applied to Ibrahim’s case as it was in the case of Australian Journalist Peter Greste, who was freed following the intervention of the Australian Government, however the Department of Foreign Affairs are maintaining this law cannot be used in the case of Ibrahim Halawa.
With this confusion, I hoped to bring in his legal representatives to clear up what the Irish government can do to free this young man.
The motion went to vote and was voted against at 4 -Yes/7-No. Why does the government not want this issue to be discussed in the public eye?