Lahart supports calls for immediate release of Ibrahim Halawa
28 April 2016
Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South West John Lahart has reiterated his call for the immediate release of Ibrahim Halawa. Deputy Lahart’s comments have been echoed by his four Dáil constituency colleagues.
Deputy Lahart said, “Ibrahim has been in prison awaiting trial since 2013 and has been subject to dubious court proceedings ever since. He has spent 3 years behind bars without being afforded the opportunity of a fair trial. Ibrahim is being tried as part of a mass trial of almost 500 people and his right to due process is not being realised as a result of this.
“It’s unacceptable that as an Irish citizen, who was aged just 17 when taken into custody, is being denied a fair trial. His trial has been adjourned 13 times and there is no end in sight for these dubious court proceedings. Amnesty International have amassed significant evidence which documents Ibrahim’s innocence. London based human rights group ‘Reprieve’ has also spoken out against his poor treatment.
“Today I’ve joined with my fellow Dáil colleagues in Dublin South West by calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Ibrhaim. The Irish Government must do everything in its power to achieve this. Securing his release must be a top priority for the next Government,” said Deputy Lahart.