The Halawa case: Is Ibrahim a pawn in Egypt’s political game?

Three years after the arrest of an Irish teenager amid violent clashes in Egypt, Rachel Lavin examines the case against Ibrahim Halawa

ARRESTED: Ibrahim Halawa travelled to Egypt in 2013 where he took part in protests

Rachel Lavin

The case of Ibrahim Halawa is dominated by two competing narratives. There is the well-known story in Ireland of the young Irish Leaving Cert student who was spurred to demonstrate for democracy amid a violent military coup.