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Ibrahim Halawa released from prison in Egypt

Ibrahim Halawa, 21, was arrested during a government crackdown on protesters in August 2013 and was tried along with almost 500 other defendants in a mass trial that concluded last month.

Ibrahim Halawa has been released from prison, it is being reported.

Mr Halawa, from Firhouse in Dublin, was jailed in 2013 after being arrested in a mosque amid protests over the removal of the then Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said his Government is working to reunite Ibrahim Halawa with his family after he was freed from jail in Egypt.

"I know that Ibrahim and his family have asked for privacy during this time and I hope that this will be respected".

"It will be welcomed by all those who were concerned for him in his long ordeal of imprisonment". "We will now begin to make arrangements to bring him home where he belongs in Ireland", it said.

The Irish Ambassador to Egypt, Sean O'Regan, confirmed that Mr Halawa had been released at around 11pm last night, bringing an end to over four years of detention and an global campaign for his release.

Ibrahim Halawa has slept on a comfortable bed for the first time in more than 4 years. "We can't thank enough all those who worked so hard for Ibrahim's release, we owe you all so much". "Some formalities still required before flying home".

He was accused along with 500 others, including three of his three sisters, of inciting violence, riot and sabotage.

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan, who attended the Irishman's trial, tweeted: "Great news coming out of Cairo".

They were later released on bail, returned to the family home in Dublin and were acquitted following trial in absentia.

Mr Coveney said he expected Mr Halawa would return to Ireland on Sunday or Monday.



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