The trial of Dublin man Ibrahim Halawa was postponed for the nineteenth time in Egypt yesterday.

Halawa was arrested in Cairo in 2013 for participating in a protest supporting Islamic political organisation the Muslim Brotherhood.

The 21-year-old was charged with attempted murder and may face the death penalty. He has been detained in Egypt for over three years.

Amnesty International remain critical of the Egyptian government’s treatment of Halawa. The organisation stated yesterday that there is no evidence that he is guilty of any crime.

“A technical review of video material from the night of his arrest found no evidence against him (…) Ibrahim was in al-Fath mosque and could not have committed the violent crimes with which he has been charged,” they said.

Amnesty called Halawa a “prisoner of conscience” and stated that he was arrested for exercising his freedom of expression.

In a letter penned to his mother last year, Halawa criticised the Irish government’s failure to protect him.

“Ireland, I really need to complain to you about how one human enjoys torturing another human, the continues injustice, the oppression and the killing of the innocent,” he wrote.

He also asked that his body be returned to Ireland if he dies in prison.

Halawa was expected to go mass trial yesterday along with 493 other defendants involved in the protest.

The trial was postponed until March 22nd.

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