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Halawa trial postponed until Oct
02 Aug 2015 22:10
A court in Cairo has postponed the mass trial of 434 defendants, including Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa, until 4 October.
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Officials from the Irish Embassy in Cairo were at the court hearing this morning.
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Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said he was disappointed that the 19-year-old's case has been further postponed because of the non-attendance of a number of witnesses.
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He said he has regularly emphasised to his Egyptian counterpart Same Shoury the importance of due process in Ibrahim's case and has highlighted the Government's concern at the continued detention of a Irish citizen while awaiting trial.
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Mr Flanagan said he had spoken to Mr Shoury last Wednesday during which he "strongly reaffirmed the Government's deep interest in Ibrahim's welfare".
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He said embassy officials had visited Ibrahim last Sunday and the case is being followed "extremely closely" by his department and officials in Cairo.
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Ibrahim's sister Khadija, solicitor Darragh Mackin and Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan, who were in Cairo to attend the trial, were not allowed inside the courtroom.
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The Tallaght teenager was arrested at a mosque in Cairo by security forces after a demonstration in 2013.
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