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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Irish detainee Ibrahim Halawa may be released “on humanitarian grounds”

Irish national Ibrahim Halawa may be released from pre-trial detention “on humanitarian grounds,” Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said, according to Halawa’s lawyers said in court yesterday that the medical examiner who visited the detainee last week had recommended more medical exams, which necessitate Halawa’s release. The judge said he would consider the request, RTE says. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny had also issued a personal plea to President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to release Halawa from prison, The Irish Independent reported. “We are very concerned about it and it is receiving the most urgent attention of any Irish citizen abroad,” Kenny told the Irish Parliament.

Italian investigators have drawn up a shortlist of 10 people they accuse of direct complicity in the murder of Italian graduate student Giulio Regeni, Mada Masr reports, citing sources from the joint Egyptian-Italian committee investigating the murder. A team from Italy is expected to arrive in Cairo to push for their indictment.

A World Bank (WB) delegation will visit Egypt within weeks to follow up on ongoing projects and evaluate new ones, according to an Investment Ministry statement, Al Borsa reports. The Social Solidarity Ministry will ask the WB for a fourth USD 65 mn tranche of a USD 400 mn loan to support Takaful and Karawa program in the next few days, First Assistant Minister Nevine El-Qabaj says, Al Mal reports. The tranche is set to be disbursed before the end of this fiscal year. USD 305 mn were already disbursed. SME funding seems to be on the agenda too, with Nasr having discussed it with bank officials in Washington, according to Al Borsa.

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