Sunday 18 March 2018

Family joy as Egypt protest sisters freed from prison

Sam Griffin

THREE sisters detained in Egypt for their part in a protest will be released after three months in prison.

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore said Egyptian authorities had agreed to release Somaia (28), Fatima (22) and Omaima (21) Halawa, who are all Irish citizens.

However, their brother Ibrahim Halawa (17) has not been released and is expected to attend a hearing in Cairo tomorrow.

The four siblings were arrested in August, after they became trapped in a Cairo mosque following a protest rally organised by the Muslim Brotherhood against former Egyptian prime minister Mohammed Morsi.

Friends and family celebrated the news of the release at their home in Firhouse, Dublin, yesterday.

Their sister Nosayba Halawa (32) told the Irish Independent: "We are so happy and we feel relieved after all this time. The decision has been made but they haven't been released yet so we are still waiting and hoping to see them at home soon.

"I miss them so much. All our lives have stopped the last three months. We've had no lives and my sons really missed them particularly."

Irish Independent

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