12th hearing of Ibrahim Halawa postponed

12th hearing of Ibrahim Halawa postponed

Latest update: 12.30pm

Ibrahim Halawa's 12th mass trial in Egypt has been postponed until March 6.

Amnesty International have released a statement stating they are appalled by this development: "Tonight as Ibrahim spends his 885th night in prison, Amnesty International remains gravely concerned for his physical and mental wellbeing.

"It is time for Ibrahim, and his family’s, harrowing experience to end. Amnesty International reiterates our call for his immediate and unconditional release. We urge the Irish Government to continue their work on his behalf and to use every means at their disposal to secure his release".

Meanwhile, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan TD, has expressed his concern following today's postponement.

In a statement issued moments ago Minister Flanagan said 'that despite the disappointing news, his Department remain focused on two clear objectives, to secure Ibrahim's release and to provide for his welfare while he remains in detention'.

The Minister also added that he is maintaining regular contact with Ibrahim, his family and his Egyptian legal team to provide extensive consular assistance to him.

Latest update: 8.05am

Ibrahim Halawa's 12th trial hearing will take place in Egypt today.

The 20-year-old Dubliner spent his third Christmas behind bars after his last trial was postponed on December 19.

The Dublin native has been in prison without trial since 2013 after he was arrested in Cairo during political protests there.

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has said she is feeling hopeful: “I suppose the only optimistic thing taken from the last hearing is that the judge did call for the witnesses to appear.

“From other cases, if the witnesses do show up at the trial today then there is a good chance that it will proceed.

“At least if the trial proceeds it feels like something is happening.”


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