Wednesday 22 November 2017

'A painful journey that I never thought would end' - Halawa says he is glad ordeal is over

Ibrahim Halawa said his four years in an Egyptian prison had been a
Ibrahim Halawa said his four years in an Egyptian prison had been a "painful journey" and thanked his supporters for standing by him.

Ian Begley

Ibrahim Halawa said his four years in an Egyptian prison had been a "painful journey" and thanked his supporters for standing by him.

The 21-year-old, who still remains in prison despite being acquitted of all charges last week, took to Facebook to express his relief.

"[It was] a painful journey that I never thought would end, but every time I lost hope, God would send me saviours," he wrote.

He thanked his "beautiful family" for sticking by him and also expressed gratitude to the Government, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan and Amnesty International for their help. "Thank you all so much for believing in me and never giving up," he wrote.

"I had never stopped believing in my innocence and I was convinced because I helped people in need I would be helped."

Following his acquittal last week, Mr Halawa said: "Finally, this has all become a painful memory and I am so glad this is over.

"No words can describe freedom. Freedom can only be felt.

"I'm coming home. I'm coming home."

Irish Independent

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