Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson for the Irish Overseas and Diaspora Mark Daly has reiterated his call for An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene in the case of Irish born citizen Ibrahim Halawa.
Senator Daly made the comments following the revelation that court proceedings for Ibrahim Halawa have been further delayed until October.
“It is alarming that yet again the mass trial involving Ibrahim has been delayed. This marks the eight time that court proceedings have been delayed for his case. The Tallaght teenager has been in prison awaiting trial since 2013 and has been subject to dubious court proceedings ever since” said Senator Daly.
“I am calling on the Taoiseach to personally intervene on behalf of the Irish state. He needs to follow the example of the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott who successfully intervened in the case of Peter Greste.
“I raised the case of Ibrahim Halawa in the Committee of Foreign Affairs over four months ago and pointed out how the Government is not doing enough to secure his release. The Governments soft diplomatic approach has failed to date and this latest delay to court proceedings demonstrates that a change in approach is now needed.
“There remains no end in sight to this ordeal for Ibrahim despite the fact that he has now been stuck in prison without trial for 715 days. Reprieve, a prominent Human Rights organisation, have pointed out that Ibrahim has been subjected to torture while in prison and has not been afforded a fair trial.
“The Irish Embassy in Egypt has been unable to secure access to the court case for representatives from the Oireachtas alongside Ibrahim’s Irish lawyers. How can a fair trial take place in light of such circumstances?
“The Taoiseach needs to pick up the phone to the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and ask for Ibrahim’s release without delay. This was the approach that Austrliam Prime Minister Tony Abbot took and it proved successfully in securing the release of Peter Greste.”