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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Irish Taoiseach, El Sisi speak on the phone after court delays Halawa verdict

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar discussed the case of Ibrahim Halawa with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi during a phone call yesterday, after the court postponed the verdict in the Irish citizen’s trial, yet again, to 18 September. Irish media had speculated a verdict would be handed yesterday, especially after Varadkar said he would the raise the issue of extraditing Halawa with El Sisi, the Irish Independent reports. Halawa’s family expressed disappointment with the postponement. Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Simon Coveney said he was “frustrated at the news that the final hearing…was today deferred.”

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