TDs meet Ibrahim Halawa in Egyptian jail

TDs meet Ibrahim Halawa in Egyptian jail

A delegation of TDs led by Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl visited Ibrahim Halawa in prison in Cairo yesterday.

Mr Halawa, 21, is being prosecuted in a mass trial for allegedly participating in a political protest.

He was 17 at the time of his arrest in 2013 and has been charged with serious offences, all of which he strongly denies. His lawyers believe that, if convicted, he may face the death penalty.

Speaking to RTÉ News, Mr Ó Fearghaíl said Mr Halawa “looked healthy and was in very good spirits despite being deeply frustrated”.

The parliamentary delegation, which includes members of Fine Gael, Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, Labour, the Anti-Austerity Alliance, the Green Party and an Independent, will now meet with key figures including the Egyptian president and the speaker of the parliament.

They are expected to raise Mr Halawa’s plight as well as issues around communications, agriculture, trade, transport and tourism.

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