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Irish-Egyptian Ibrahim Halawa Acquitted By Egypt Courts After Four-Year Imprisonment

September 18, 2017

An Irish national who was arrested for his role in 2013 protests was acquitted on all charges after a four-year imprisonment, Wadi al-Natrun courts ruled Monday. Ibrahim Halawa, 21, of Dublin, was cleared of murder, inciting violence, and arson during a mass trial in courts near Cairo, the capital city of Egypt. The trial saw verdicts read for 500 prisoners, including US national Ahmed Etiwy. Arrest and Charges Halawa was arrested at the Al-Fath mosque raid in 2013 after he participated in protests against the ousting of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated president Mohammed Morsi. He was originally on a summer trip to Egypt with his family, and just 17 years old at the time. The Irish-Egyptian was detained along with his three sisters, although they were released and returned to Dublin three months following their arrest. Halawa, however, remained a prisoner until news of his upcoming release earlier today.   Ibrahim Halawa, moments after his acquittal. He jumped with joy, hugged fellow prisoners and had tears in his eyes. pic.twitter.com/P40IjYQLHK — Declan Walsh (@declanwalsh) 18 September 2017 Halawa was reported to have “jumped with joy” upon hearing the verdict, hugging nearby detainees…

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