Martin expresses disappointment at 19th Halawa trial delay

14th February 2017

The Green Party have expressed their disappointment following the adjournment of Ibrahim Halawa’s trial in Egypt for the 19th time. Ibrahim’s next trial date has been set for 22nd March.

Speaking following the news, Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD said: “This is a bitterly disappointing blow for Ibrahim after the visit of the Oireachtas delegation recently. We now know that Ibrahim will be returned home to Ireland as soon as his trial finishes, but this is a very hollow promise if a trial never happens. It is vitally important that this process is brought to an end.

“We will continue to work with the Government to ensure that the maximum pressure is applied to the Egyptian authorities by both our own diplomatic offices in Cairo, and through the European Union’s representatives in Egypt.”