The Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan is accusing the Irish government of not taking a stronger stance to secure the release of Ibrahim Halawa. The young Irishman has been imprisoned in Egypt since 2013. Anapplication for his release was submitted by his lawyers under the Egyptian presidential decree, law 140. This allows foreign defendants to be sent back to their country of origin before sentencing. However Ms Boylan says more forceful engagement is needed behind the scenes between the Irish government and their Egyptian counterparts.
Out words: counterparts