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The Halawa case - The passport story


Ibrahim Halawa's passport

In comments on the Halawa case there have been repeated claims that there was a video of Ibrahim Halawa destroying his Irish passport. Some people claim to have seen this video. But no one can provide a copy of it.

This is my position:

  1. I never saw such a video.
  2. I never saw evidence that such a video ever existed. Such as a broken link to it, dangling in old comments somewhere. And I have looked.
  3. I doubt such a video ever existed.

In the absence of evidence, I never believed this story. I am agnostic. People who say the story is true need to provide the video. People who say the story is definitely false need to show where the passport is. Neither has done so, so I am agnostic, which annoys a lot of people.

The pro-Halawa Irish left loves the passport story. They obsess about it, and endlessly talk about it. They want to talk about nothing else. If you try to talk to them about the main issue - which is Ibrahim's support for the Muslim Brotherhood - they will try to get you to talk about the passport story instead. They love this story. They use it to dismiss the entire anti-Halawa case. Talking about Yusuf Al Qaradawi and Salah Soltan is a loser for them. But talking about a fictional passport video is a win. Sometimes I think the passport story was invented by the pro-Halawa left to avoid talking about the main issue.

Because this story is a distraction from the main issue, I have moved it to a separate page.

This is the only piece of hard evidence in the entire passport story.
This is Ibrahim's passport as presented by the Halawa campaign. From Buzzfeed article, 4 Nov 2015.
This is a new, emergency, 7 month passport issued by the Irish Embassy in Cairo in Nov 2013, after Halawa was arrested in Aug 2013.
This raises questions:

  1. Why did he need a new Irish passport? Where is his old passport? The Halawa campaign says the Egyptian authorities took it and lost it. But the Egyptian authorities have never confirmed this.
  2. The Reprieve campaign on 18 Aug 2014 said: "The Egyptian authorities have refused to consider an emergency passport provided by Irish consular officials as proof of Mr Halawa’s age and nationality". If the Egyptian authorities know they took it (and lost it) then why do they refuse to consider the new passport?
  3. Maybe the explanation is simple: One part of Egyptian bureaucracy loses the passport. Another part of Egyptian bureaucracy refuses to accept new passport. No story. And we will never find any proof.

I never believed the passport video story.
But when I first discovered the emergency passport in Nov 2015, I tweeted asking if the passport story could be true after all. That would have been hilarious, and my tweet reflects the excitement of new evidence.
When no further evidence emerged, I stayed agnostic.

This thread gives a better view of my position.
I don't believe theory A or theory B.

More from the above thread.
I am agnostic. More data needed.

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