I ask the Leader to consider putting a joint motion before the House in the next week or so for the immediate release of an Irish citizen, Ibrahim Halawa, who is in prison in Cairo, Egypt. He has served 1,000 days and has said it was like 1,000 years. His mass trial has been delayed 13 times. The next trial date has been set for some time in June. Amnesty has conducted a review of the prosecution evidence and concluded that Ibrahim Halawa would not have committed the crimes for which he has been charged. The Twenty-fifth Seanad must campaign for the immediate release of Ibrahim Halawa. We have tremendously experienced people in the House, human rights advocates and legal experts, and we could take it on very quickly. This young man is languishing, in terms of suffering and torture, in jail in Cairo.
Senator Terry Leyden
A member of Seanad Eireann