Egyptian court acquits Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa of murder

Ibrahim Halawa was charged over violent clashes following the removal of Mohammed Morsi

Ibrahim Halawa was charged over violent clashes following the removal of Mohammed Morsi

Monday, September 18, 2017

An Irish citizen has been acquitted of murder by a court in Egypt, as part of a mass trial involving hundreds of defendants.

Ibrahim Halawa was one of 494 people charged for mass protests surrounding the removal of former Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

Halawa faced a number of charges relating to the uprising, including murder. But he has been cleared of all charges, along with his three sisters.

The trial has been going on four years and Halawa has been jail during this period, according to Reuters.

Morsi was removed by the Egyptian Army in July 2013, and the ouster led to violent clashes in which 44 people died and a further 59 were wounded, according to Egyptian news agency MENA.

Those charged in the trial, allegedly supporters of Morsi, were accused of a number of crimes, including breaking into a mosque, killing the 44 people, and illegal possession of firearms.

The mass trials following Morsi's ouster have been condemned by former UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, who called them "obscene and a complete travesty of justice".