Irishman Halawa arriving home after four years in Egyptian jail


An Irish citizen of Egyptian background who was detained in Egypt for four years on accusations of taking part in clashes with police flew home to an emotional family reunion at Dublin airport on Tuesday.

"Thank you to everyone who helped I love you all".

The 21-year-old landed at Dublin Airport at around 11 o'clock this morning.

At the age of 17, Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in 2013 and spent the next 4 years in prison after repeated delays to his mass trial.

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The Irish government campaigned for his release, along with human rights groups including Amnesty International.

He was jailed after being arrested in a mosque amid protests over the removal of the then Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.

Mr Halawa posted a photo of himself on board a plane on his Facebook page, accompanied by his sister Nasaybi and Ambassador to Egypt Sean O'Regan.

Despite being acquitted of all charges and cleared for release, his return to Dublin was delayed for weeks as new travel documents had to be issued for him.

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His three sisters, Somaia, Fatima and Omaima, were also arrested during the crackdown on the 2013 protest but later released on bail and returned to Dublin.

Along with 500 others he was charged after a protest against a military coup in Cairo.

All three, who were tried in absentia, were acquitted.

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