Ibrahim Halawa's legal team – barristers Caoilfhionn Gallagher, Katie O'Byrne and Mark Wassouf of Doughty Street Chambers, London and solicitor Darragh Mackin of KRW Law, Belfast have called on Prime Minister David Cameron to raise the case of Ibrahim Halawa, a 19 year old Irish citizen who has been detained without trial in Egypt for over two years, with President Abdelfattah Sisi of Egypt during his visit to the United Kingdom.
In a letter sent to the British Prime Minister this morning, the legal team set out a long list of violations of Ibrahim Halawa's rights in the 27 months he has spent in custody in Egypt, which they say constitute multiple breaches by Egypt of its international legal obligations. Among other things, Ibrahim has endured arbitrary detention, torture and inhumane treatment, and, having been denied access to his lawyers, he is now awaiting a mass trial, involving 494 defendants which breaches the most basic judicial standards of fairness. His trial date has now been set for 15 December 2015. If he is convicted, the letter stressed, he is at risk of being sentenced to death.
In light of the seriousness of the case and the timing of President Sisi’s visit to the UK, the legal team’s letter called on the Prime Minister to raise concerns about Ibrahim Halawa’s case with President Sisi as a matter of urgency and to press the Egyptians for Ibrahim’s “immediate transfer to Ireland” under the terms of Egyptian Law 140 of 2014. The lawyers also asked David Cameron to raise “the broader issues of widespread human rights abuses in Egypt” with President Sisi.
A press release with more information is available here.