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Letter from Irish MEPs to Vice President Mogherini regarding Ibrahim Halawa

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Friday 12 May 2017

March 2017 – Dear High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini

On 14 January 2016, we wrote to you with regard to the case of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa who has been detained in an Egyptian prison without trial since his arbitrary arrest as a juvenile during a protest in Cairo in August 2013.

We feel compelled to write to you again, as Ibrahim’s trial date was postponed for the twentieth time on Wednesday and Ibrahim has now been in detention without trial more than 1300 days. Worryingly, Ibrahim is currently on hunger strike and his health is quickly deteriorating.

Amnesty International has conducted an independent review of the case and have concluded that Ibrahim was arrested solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of assembly and expression. Ibrahim’s innocence has been further vindicated by Egypt’s own legal system which, following a technical review of audio-video material presented in the case, found no evidence against him.

Considering this, the urgency of Ibrahim´s health situation and the fact that he has been held without trial for such an unacceptably long time, breaching both Egyptian law as well as international human rights, I urge you to put increased pressure on the relevant Egyptian authorities to demand his immediate release.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Yours sincerely

Irish MEPs

Response from the High Representative / Vice-President Mogherini

Notes

Nessa Childers continues to work closely with fellow Irish MEPs to secure Ibrihim Halawa’s release.