BREAKING: Ibrahim Halawa ‘can’t be released until after trial’
Egyptian President tells Irish TDs today: ‘I can’t release Ibrahim Halawa until after trial’
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has insisted that he can take no action to release Irish man Ibrahim Halawa from prison until after the judicial process has finished.
Mr Halawa (21) has been in prison for more than three years without trial after being arrested at a Cairo demonstration in 2013.
His trial has been postponed 17 times.
However, a delegation of TDs who raised Mr Halawa’s case with the Egyptian President are hopeful he will move to return Mr Halawa to Ireland once court proceedings are over.
Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin raised the issue of the repeated delays with Mr el-Sisi.
The delegation urged him to use powers to intervene now and release Mr Halawa.
The Egyptian president told TDs that there is a clear separation of powers under Egyptian law and that he couldn’t act until after the court proceedings.
Mr Howlin told Independent.ie however that TDs were left with the “strong impression” that the Egyptian President would “act with immediate effect to release Ibrahim and return him to Ireland as soon as sentence had been passed and the court proceedings concluded.”
Mr Halawa’s next court appearance is reportedly due to be on January 17th.