Hundreds sign Amnesty 'Egypt' petition
HUNDREDS of Wexford people signed a petition at the Bull Ring and an online petition at the weekend, urging Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to order the release of a 20-year-old Irish citizen held without trial for the past three years.
Ibrahim Halawa, 20, has been in prison in Egypt since he was arrested during a political protest while on holiday in Cairo with his sisters.
'Ibrahim has been tortured, electrocuted,and starved he has slept on a stone floor for the last three years which has damaged his back,' said Lorraine Smytth, from Amnesty Wexford.
He is awaiting trial and could face the death penalty. A letter written by him was smuggled out of the prison and reported on by the London Times last week in which he describes torture that inmates in the Wadi el-Natrun prison endure. While the petition signing was organised by the local branch of Amnesty International, there was some disquiet about the prominent role at it by members of People Before Profit, including Cllr Deirdre Wadding. Amnesty locally did not want to make an official comment,