Flanagan says Irish government will wait for verdict before exploring legal loophole to free Ibrahim Halawa

Ibrahim Halawa has been imprisoned in Egypt for three years and is due to face trial at the end of June

Flanagan says Irish government will wait for verdict before exploring legal loophole to free Ibrahim Halawa

Charlie Flanagan. Image: RollingNews.ie

A legal loophole which would allow Ibrahim Halawa to leave his Egyptian jail still won't be used by the Irish Government, despite the fact that he has been imprisoned there for three years.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says they want to wait until a verdict has been given in his case before trying to use a possible loophole to try and free him.

Law 140, which was used to get journalist Peter Greste freed, states that the President of Egypt can allow a prisoner with dual citizenship to complete the judicial process in his home country.

Ibrahim Halawa is due to stand trial at the end of the month, after he was arrested photographing a Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo in 2013.

Minister Flanagan stated he was disappointed that the application for bail made by Halawa's lawyers was not successful, and added "I believe that as soon as a verdict is handed down by the courts we will then have an opportunity of prusuig issues under the presidential decree".