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“Positive momentum” in Ibrahim Halawa case despite latest delay

Ibrahim Halawa yesterday had his trial in Egypt delayed for the 23rd time.

The 21 year old from Firhouse has been held in a prison in Cairo since 2013.

He is facing the death penalty on terrorism charges after he was arrested at a protest against the ousting of President Morsi. He has alleged that he has been tortured in prison.

However the Irish government are taking this latest postponement as a positive sign.

After it was postponed yesterday the new date given was May 17, which is the shortest time period between delayed trial dates so far.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan welcomed comments from the trial judge who said new methods would be used to accelerate the trial process.

He said his officials were in court and there was some sign of “positive momentum” in the case, with Ambassador Damien Cole meeting with Mr Halawa last Sunday to tell him the Government was continuing to do all it can to secure his release.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said it follows up on all issues raised by Irish citizens with the appropriate authorities.

Amnesty International described the latest delay in the trial process as “beyond farcical” and said Mr Halawa’s continued imprisonment was a serious violation of international and Egyptian law.

They also say Mr Halawa was sheltering in the Al Fath mosque at the time of his arrest and could not be guilty of the charges against him.