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Ibrahim Halawa on hunger strike in Egyptian prison

The teenager has been in an Egyptian prison for a year.

A protester outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin last year.
A protester outside the Egyptian Embassy in Dublin last year.
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

AN IRISH TEENAGER who has been in an Egyptian prison for a year is on hunger strike, his sister has confirmed.

Ibrahim Halawa was arrested a rally in support of ousted Egyptian leader Mohammed Morsi a year ago today.

Since then, he has been held without trial along with other Morsi protesters.

The judge in the case walked out of court on Tuesday, saying she could not stand over the trial.

Speaking to RTÉ News, his sister Somaia said her brother has been on strike since Tuesday.

She said he would only drink water until his release.

“Ibrahim will not stop this strike. This is his only; last resort.

“I know loads of people are supporting Ibrahim; but there is only one actual power that we know, the Irish Government, can do a lot. And, we know that the EU can do a lot.”

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has said that he cannot interfere with the judicial process in Egypt.

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