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UPDATE: Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa's trial delayed following his ninth court appearance in Egypt

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Ibrahim Halawa
Ibrahim Halawa

Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa's trial has been delayed until at least December 15 following his ninth court appearance in Egypt

The 19-year-old, from Tallaght in Dublin, was arrested at a mosque in Cairo by security forces after a demonstration in 2013.

He has been in jail since the arrest over two years ago.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has expressed his disappointment following the adjournment.

In a statement, Mr Flanagan said: "Ibrahim's lawyers made an application for his release at today's hearing with our Embassy's support for this application being directly conveyed by the lawyers to the Judge.  We now have to wait for the Judge to make a ruling on this application."

Officials from the Irish Embassy in Cairo attended the hearing.

Mr Flanagan also said he is continuing to remain in contact with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry over the issue.

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan, who attended Mr Halawa's earlier trial in August, has said she is frustrated over the lack of progress in the case.

She also called on the Government to act to help the teenager, saying "the Government must act now. Enda Kenny must lift the phone to his Egyptian counterpart.

The time for fudging on this issue is long gone. It is time for some real action and less of the soundbites."

Amnesty International has condemned the decision, saying the delay has denied justice for Mr Halawa.