Halawa siblings not yet charged in Egypt, Minister reports
Four Irish siblings detained by Egyptian authorities amid the outbreak of violence have not been charged with any offences, Ireland’s junior foreign minister said.
A diplomat from the Irish embassy in Cairo has secured access to see three young women and their teenage brother for the first time since they were jailed.
Sisters Omaima Halawa, 20, Fatima, 22, and Somaia, 27, and their 17-year-old brother Ibrihim were detained in Tora prison after being caught up in the storming of the city’s Al Fateh mosque by security forces on Saturday.
Joe Costello, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, said an Irish official has met with the four face-to-face and that they were well and in good spirits.
“The embassy has managed to visit them in detention, and they are all safe and well,” he said,
“No charges have been preferred at this time and naturally enough we are delighted to have had a chance to meet with them, it was the first time there has been any access since they were detained.”
Mr Costello said all four are being kept together in the prison.
Ibrihim is understood to have suffered a minor injury to his hand which medical staff have been asked to treat.
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