Disbelief and shock as Ibrahim Halawa is found not guilty in Egypt

Casey Dawson
September 19, 2017

Fine Gael TD for Dublin South-West, Colm Brophy, has said Ibrahim Halawa should not have been locked up for more than fours years in Egypt before being acquitted on all charges in court today.

For many years, their children regularly made trips to the couple's homeland.

His sisters, Fatima, Somaia and Omaima, were released in November 2013 without explanation.

Along with scores of others he is accused of murders, bombing, possession of firearms and explosives, arson, violence against police and desecration of Al Fatah Mosque.

Mr Halawa, a student and son of a prominent Muslim cleric in Dublin - Sheikh Hussein Halawa - was jailed after being detained in a mosque near Ramses Square in Cairo four years ago amid protests over the removal of president Mohamed Morsi.

He said the Government's priority now is to support Ibrahim and his family in every way that they can in order to ensure that Ibrahim is able to return home to his family and friends as soon as possible.

August 28th - Despite expectations the trial would be concluded, Ibrahim Halawa is informed at a court hearing in Egypt that his case is being postponed for a further three weeks.

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Higgins has released a statement welcoming Halawa's release from his "distressing and draining experience".

Forty-three people have been sentenced to life in prison after a mass trial in Egypt that also saw years-long sentences given to hundreds of others.

"Because I'm enrolled in a different college". His incarceration represents a violation of his basic human rights.

In January this year, the Egyptian president told a delegation of Irish politicians that he would offer a pardon Mr Halawa once his trial was over.

Fifty-four people were acquitted, including Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa. Many feared that he would be "judged" in botched mass trails along with other protesters, [3] where many have been sentenced to death.[4] His court case for a mass trail had been adjourned 20 times in the past.

August - Ibrahim Halawa is transferred back to the notorious Tora prison, where he was first detained following his arrest, in advance of an impending mass trial involving close to 500 defendants alleged to have been implicated in the previous year's disturbances.

"Given Ibrahim's current mental and physical state we don't believe he will be strong enough to survive that delay". Irish officials arrange for a physician to visit Halawa in jail, who recommends that he should be released to allow for medical tests. "He now looks forward to being reunited with his family an innocent man". "He has suffered a lot", she stated.

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