'I want him home' - Charlie Flanagan criticises continued detention of Ibrahim Halawa

Dublin student's mass trial was postponed again in June until October

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Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the continued detention of Ibrahim Halawa is unacceptable.

The 20-year-old Dubliner was arrested at a 2013 Cairo demonstration against the ousting of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

His mass trial has been repeatedly adjourned and was postponed again in June until October.

Addressing a press conference in Iveagh House, Mr Flanagan said he wants to see the young man returned to Ireland as soon as possible.

“I want him home with his family to resume his studies in Dublin at the earliest opportunity.

“I believe he has been detained now without trial for an inordinate period of time. I believe it’s unacceptable.

“And I certainly wish the trial will be concluded and a verdict handed down at the earliest opportunity.”

The Dáil heard last month that Taoiseach Enda Kenny had spoken directly to the Egyptian president about Mr Halawa's treatment.

The news came as TDs unanimously passed an all-party motion calling for a full diplomatic effort to have the student returned to Ireland.

The motion recognised that Mr Halawa has been designated by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience and recommended that a parliamentary delegation be established to visit him in prison.