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Statement by Minister Charlie Flanagan on trial of Ibrahim Halawa



Minister Flanagan has expressed his disappointment that Ibrahim Halawa’s application for bail, an application supported by the Irish government, has been refused along with all the other bail applications in the case.

Minister Flanagan stated:

“It is extremely disappointing that the application for bail made by Ibrahim Halawa’s lawyers, and supported by the Irish government, has been rejected.

"Our objectives in this case remain clear - to see this young Irish citizen released by the Egyptian authorities, and to provide consular support while he remains in detention.

“With the Taoiseach’s full support, I remain committed to taking all appropriate action in pursuit of our two objectives towards achieving a positive outcome for this young Irishman and his family.

"While this is a case before the court in another jurisdiction to which foreign law applies, we keep all developments in this case, and our own approach to it, under constant review. We will continue to engage actively with the Egyptian authorities at the highest level to highlight our concerns, and to work in the best interests of this Irish citizen.

"Tomorrow I will meet with Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry in New York ."



Press Office

26 April 2015


Note for Editors

Officials from the Irish Embassy attended the hearing today. The next hearing in the case is scheduled to take place on 6 June.