Amnesty calls for immediate release of Irish teenager held in Egypt

Amnesty International is calling for the immediate and unconditional release of an Irish teenager held in prison in Egypt.

18-year-old Ibrahim Halawa was due to be tried this morning on charges relating to demonstrations in Cairo last summer.

The presiding judge has referred the case to another court but no hearing date has been set.

Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, says it is a travesty of justice.

He said: "Ibrahim Halawa was arrested and is being held purely for exercising his right to freedom of expression.

"There is no evidence that he was involved in any criminal or violent acrtivity and we are calling for him to be released immediately and unconditionally."

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