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Family of local man imprisoned without trial in Egypt ask Irish people to lobby Taoiseach


The family of Ibrahim Halawa has urged the Taoiseach to increase pressure on the Egyptian President to pardon the Firhouse man.

President El-Sisi recently released around 80 young people being held in Egypt’s jails and Ibrahim’s family wants Irish people to lobby the Taoiseach to request a pardon for the imprisoned local man.

President El-Sisi has indicated he may pardon many more prisoners in the coming weeks.

Ibrahim, who is an Irish citizen, has been held without trial since August 2012 after he was arrested at a protest in Cairo.

His trial was recently postponed for the 16th time and he will turn 21 in jail next month.

Many campaigners, among them Amnesty International, say his prolonged detention without trial and his treatment while behind bars amounts to torture.

Ibrahim’s family say Enda Kenny previously told them he would contact President El-Sisi but they are adamant it hasn’t happened yet.

The student’s sister Somaia Halawa said:

“We’re going round in circles repeating and hearing the same things over and over again.

“Three years are gone from my brother’s life. I don’t know how long it will take the Government to realise this has gone on for too long and they have to take action.”