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Protest over detention of Halawa
28 Mar 2015 09:09
A protest rally is being held in Dublin today by the family of Ibrahim Halawa, who is said to be facing the death penalty in Egypt.
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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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Yesterday his sisters Fatima and Somaia, who were also imprisoned for three months following the protest, held a press conference urging the Government to do more to secure their brother's release.
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They point out that all other foreign prisoners from the UK, US, Turkey, Canada and Australia have been released following pressure from their respective governments.
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Somaia said Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has called for a separate and fair trial for Ibrahim Halawa and has also applied for a presidential pardon through the prosecutor’s office.
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But Fatima Halawa says the pressure must be made directly to the Egyptian government to have any effect.
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However a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs said "an enormous amount of work" had been done in the case.
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