Ibrahim Halawa: Irish student imprisoned in Egypt freed after four years in Cairo jail

Irish student imprisoned in Egypt freed after four years in Cairo jail

Ibrahim Halawa was imprisoned when he was 17 after mass protests in 2013

Friday, October 20, 2017

An Irish national imprisoned in Egypt for more than four years has been freed.

Ibrahim Halawa has been released from prison in Cairo over a month after he was acquitted of charges relating to the so-called ‘Day of Rage’ protests.

The mass protests had seen people take to the streets to demonstrate against the ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi.

Halawa – a student and son of a prominent cleric in Dublin - had been prosecuted in a mass trial after being arrested in a mosque near to Ramses Square in the Egyptian capital.

The young man – who was then 17 – was accused alongside 500 others of charges including inciting violence, sabotage and riot.

Three of his sisters were prosecuted with him, and returned to Ireland after being released on bail, where they were later acquitted in absence.

The Facebook page dedicated to freeing him – Free Ibrahim Halawa – welcomed the news and said plans to return him to Ireland were being put in place.