Saturday 24 March 2018

Ibrahim Halawa freed after four years in Egyptian jail

The new image of Ibrahim Halawa posted last night
The new image of Ibrahim Halawa posted last night
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa has been released from Eyptian prison after more than four years in custody.

The 21-year-old was cleared last month of all charges connected to mass protests in Cairo in August 2013 on the Muslim Brotherhood's so-called Day of Rage.

A statement on the 'Free Ibrahim Halawa' Facebook page run by supporters reads: "Fantastic news, Ibrahim has finally been released from prison. We will now begin to make arrangements to bring him home where he belongs, in Ireland. We can't thank enough all those who worked so hard for Ibrahim's release, we owe you all so much."

The post also appeared to show a new photo of the young Firhouse man.

His family, who campaigned tirelessly for his release, has not yet commented directly on the news.

It is understood part of the delay in Mr Halawa's release is that Egyptian authorities wanted to process all acquittals and sentences at once in relation to the mass trial.

Travel documents will also have to be issued to allow him to return to Ireland.

Irish Independent

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