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MEP Kelly calls for release of Irish citizen imprisoned in Egypt

Published: Fri, 01 August 2014

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Sean Kelly MEP called for the release of an 18-year-old Irish citizen imprisoned in Egypt, in what Mr Kelly called “a gross miscarriage of justice”,  in an address to the European Parliament, Strasbourg today (Thursday).

“I am calling on the High Representative Ashton and the EEAS delegation in Egypt to give urgent attention to the situation of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa,” Mr Kelly, MEP for Ireland South said.

“Ibrahim travelled to Cairo from Dublin after his Leaving Cert last summer, and was swept up in the turmoil surrounding the ousting of President Morsi.

“Ibrahim along with his three sisters were subject to a mass arrest.  Thankfully, his sisters were released but Ibrahim is still in detention without charge, pending a mass trial, which was to take place yesterday, but has been postponed until August.

“I am therefore calling on the Egyptian authorities to immediately release Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa as he is subject to a gross miscarriage of justice.”

The Fine Gael MEP made his call during this morning’s European Parliament debate on the situation in Egypt.

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