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Ibrahim Halawa returns back to Ireland today

Ibrahim Halawa returns back to Ireland today”

Ibrahim Halawa is finally on his way back home to Ireland after spending four years in an Egyptian prison.

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

The 21-year-old is due to arrive back in Dublin on Tuesday at around 11am, and will meet first with his family before being greeted by a crowd of wellwishers.

Halawa, who grew up in Firhouse near Dublin, said his priority now was to look after his sick mother and expressed regret at leaving behind "a lot of innocent people" still being detained.

Since Morsi's ouster, Egyptian authorities have carried out a sweeping crackdown against supporters and members of the toppled president's Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist movements.

He took to Instagram to inform everyone that he was on his way back home.

Aged just 17 Ibrahim Halawa was arrested in 2013 and spent the next four years in prison after repeated delays to his mass trial.

He thanked the Irish government, the myriad of human rights groups and student unions who had fought for his freedom.

Halawa said that he meant to spend the next few days catching up with family and his mother who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

He is joined on the plane by one of his sisters and Irish ambassador to Egypt, Seán O'Regan.

Ibrahim and his sisters Somaia, Fatima and Omaima were arrested but his sisters were subsequently released. They were acquitted following trial in absentia.



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