Minister for Foreign Affairs comments on Ibrahim Halawa trial hearing in Egypt
Press release16 July 2017
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, issued the following statement on today’s latest hearing in the trial in Egypt involving Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa.
"I have just had a report from our team of diplomats at the Irish Embassy in Cairo who were in court today for the latest hearing in the ongoing group trial involving Ibrahim Halawa.
Today’s court session saw video evidence shown and discussed, and 17 witnesses called by the defence lawyers. The judge said that this was the full list of defence witnesses, and that no further witnesses remain to be called in the trial.
The case will continue on 25 July and the judge indicated that the prosecutor will present the final arguments for the prosecution side on that occasion. Irish Government observers will be present in the court again for that hearing and for the subsequent hearings when the defendants’ cases will be presented.
It has taken a long time to get to this stage in the process, but it finally looks as if this trial is moving towards a conclusion."