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22nd March 2017, 15:16:41 UTC

Court ordered technical review of audio-video evidence does not even mention Ibrahim.

Today, there has been yet another adjournment in the trial of Ibrahim Halawa in Cairo as Egypt continues to ignore its obligations under both Egyptian laws and international human rights law. Ibrahim has now spent 1,313 days in prison. In June 2016, the judge referred audio-video evidence to a Technical Committee for further examination. The report, seen by Amnesty International, was ordered after almost three years of detention. It does not even mention Ibrahim Halawa.


“For the twentieth time in 43 months, Ibrahim Halawa’s trial has been postponed. Today’s delay comes after Ibrahim’s innocence has been further vindicated by Egypt’s own legal system, which following a technical review of audio-video material presented in the case, found no evidence against him. It tallies with what Amnesty researchers on the ground at the time assert, that Ibrahim was in al-Fath mosque and could not have committed the violent crimes with which he has been charged. Amnesty International also conducted a thorough, independent review of the prosecution evidence. It is surely now beyond question that Ibrahim was arrested solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of assembly and expression,” said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland


Ibrahim Halawa was just 17 years old when he was first detained in August 2013. He faces a mass trial alongside 493 other defendants, which cannot meet the standards required for a fair trial as defined under international human rights law.

“This young Irish citizen has been through a horrific experience. He’s been imprisoned without trial for almost four years and endured 20 trial delays. As Ibrahim spends his 1,313th 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. We also urge the Irish Government to continue working on his behalf and to use every means at their disposal to secure his release,” said Colm O’Gorman.


Ibrahim’s trial has been rescheduled for 5 April 2017.

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