Ibrahim Halawa was arrested during protests against the coup in Egypt last year. Twelve months later, it's far from clear exactly what he's supposed to have done wrong. But he's spent a whole year in prison now. He's being brought to trial today presumably charged with some as yet unspecified crime.
Justice in Egypt - as in many Arab countries - is a strange beast so there's little hope he'll get a fair trial. He's an Irish teenager far away from home and family; he wants to get back here to do his Leaving Certificate exams. There's a distinct sense that if he was Caucasian, his story would be all over the newspapers and talk shows.
But he's obviously of ethnic Arab origin and his case has attracted little interest. Shouldn't the Irish government be doing more to protect its citizens caught up in the vagaries of tin pot justice systems?
Calls to release Irish teen detained in Cairo - RTÉ News