“I write with a ticking clock closer to my death. For the past two years and three months, I have been imprisoned unjustly. I’m waiting in a queue for my turn on the death rope. My only crime is being innocent.”
These are the words of Ibrahim Halawa, an Irish teenager who has been imprisoned in Egypt for the last 27 months.
In a handwritten letter to the public, seen by the Irish Examiner, the 19-year-old Dubliner reveals that he has embarked on another hunger strike and tells of the horrific living conditions within the prison.
“I have been thrown in a place that is in no way humanitarian to live in,” he writes. “The very same place, a lot suffer and no one hears their cry. This is the place where experimental torture is practised. This is the place once you’re in there is no out.
“I protest for my freedom by going on a hunger strike since the 21st October 2015. I have now been on a hunger strike for 20 days and I will continue until I am released. I will continue regardless of my bad health conditions.”
While Ibrahim realises his situation is bleak, he has not given up hope of release.
“I really want to thank everyone who has supported me because it is your help that will get me released,” he writes. “I do not believe in the Egyptian judicial system but I believe in hope and my hope is to make it back home one day. Alive.”
Since his imprisonment in August 2013, Ibrahim’s mass trial has been postponed nine times. He is due in court again on December 15.
“There are many laws to prove my right to be released or handed back to my country but the judicial system in Egypt is very corrupt, Ibrahim writes. “Being in a mass trial will never grant me my freedom.”
Ibrahim’s family are very concerned for his welfare.
“Without constant political pressure, Ibrahim will spend the rest of his life in prison,” said sister Somaia. “Our Government needs to set a time limit for allowing the farce judicial process to continue.”
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