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Protest over detention of Halawa
28 Mar 2015 16:04
More than 70 people took part in a demonstration outside the Department of Foreign Affairs urging the Government to demand the immediate release of Ibrahim Halawa from detention in Egypt.
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Ibrahim's sister Somaia Halawa told the crowd that members of her family had visited Ibrahim today in prison but could only see him from a distance, as there were two cells between him and the visitors.
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She said Ibrahim had shouted to her mother that he was being tortured and beaten.
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Somaia called on the Taoiseach to phone the Egyptian Prime Minister and demand Ibrahim's release.
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Omaima Halawa told the protest that Ibrahim had been "placed in a death penalty cell".
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Mr Halawa is currently being held in Wadi el-Natrun prison, north of Cairo, ahead of his court appearance tomorrow.
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After the demonstration the group marched to Leinster House.
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The 19-year-old, from Tallaght in Dublin, has been detained since his arrest 18 months ago at a demonstration in Cairo.
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His family say the teenager feels he is being treated as a second-class citizen by the Irish Government and has called for more to be done to secure his release.
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Mr Halawa faces a mass trial with 493 others tomorrow on charges of murder, attempted murder and participating in an illegal protest.
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But Amnesty International, which has investigated the case, says he has no case to answer and has declared him a prisoner of conscience.
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