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Wednesday 19 December 2018

'Finally on my way home' - Ibrahim Halawa due to arrive in Dublin this morning

Ibrahim Halawa en route to Ireland with his sister, Nasaybi, and Ambassador to Egypt Sean O'Regan
Ibrahim Halawa en route to Ireland with his sister, Nasaybi, and Ambassador to Egypt Sean O'Regan
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa is due to arrive back in Ireland this morning after spending more than four years in prison in Cairo.

The Firhouse man (21) was just 17 when he was arrested in the Egyptian capital during a mass Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo in 2013.

After a protracted legal battle he was acquitted of all charges.

The 21-year-old, from Firhouse in Dublin, is flying back to Ireland with his sister, Nasaybi, and Ambassador to Egypt Sean O'Regan.

"Finally on my way home, thank you to everyone who has caused this moment I love you all so much. Looking forward to finally coming home," he said on Facebook.

He is expected to have a private reunion with his family at Dublin Airport before meeting other well-wishers.

Mr Halawa's repatriation was delayed in part as new travel papers had to be issued for him.

He was jailed after being arrested in a mosque amid protests over the removal of the then Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi. He was one of almost 500 people in a protracted mass trial.

Mr Halawa, the son of prominent Dublin Muslim cleric Sheikh Hussein Halawa, was a student at the time.

His three sisters, Somaia, Fatima and Omaima, were also arrested during the crackdown on the 2013 protest but later released on bail and returned to Dublin. They were acquitted following trial in absentia.

Additional reporting by agencies

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