Ibrahim trial is ‘moving to a conclusion’

by Emma Nolan

THE trial of Ibrahim Halawa (21) appears to be moving forwards following the Dubliner’s latest court appearance in Cairo on Sunday.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said it “finally looks as if this trial is moving towards a conclusion”.
Sunday’s court session saw video evidence related to the protest in 2013, at which Ibrahim was arrested.
Some 17 witnesses were called by defence lawyers and the judge said no further witnesses remain to be called in the trial.
Ibrahaim, the son of the Imam of Clonskeagh mosque, has been in prison since August 2013 when the then teenager was arrested at the Al Fateh grand mosque in Cairo during protests against the ousting of the democratically elected then president, Mohamed Morsi.
He and 493 others have been put on mass trial, but the proceedings have been adjourned 27 times down the years, until Sunday.
Following the trial’s progress, the executive director of Amnesty International Ireland Colm O’Gorman has urged the Government to continue working on his behalf and “to use every means at their disposal to secure his release”.
He said: “As Ibrahim spends another night unjustly incarcerated, Amnesty International continues to be gravely concerned for his mental and physical wellbeing.
“We reiterate our call on the Egyptian authorities to drop all charges against Ibrahim and to order his immediate and unconditional release.”
The case is now set to continue on July 25.
Minister Coveney added: “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.”

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