Ibrahim Halawa returns back to Ireland today

Ibrahim Halawa spent four years behind bars in Egypt

After four years held in pre-trial detention, Ibrahim Halawa returns to Ireland today.

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.

"Finally on my way home, thank you to everyone who has caused this moment I love you all so much".

He was released last week one month after he was acquitted of all charges relating to a protest in Egypt.

Ibrahim Halawa, who is from Dublin, was 17 years old when he arrested during a siege at the Al-Fath mosque in Cairo on 17 August 2013. "I will arrive Dublin at 11!"

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He has posted a photo on the social media site Instagram - showing him on a plane with one of his sisters and the Irish ambassador to Egypt, Seán O'Regan.

The family lawyer, Darragh Mackin, said Halawa had spent over four years of his life "in the most hard and cruel conditions".

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.

"Given the fact he's now free, and is to be reunited with his family, friends and education in Ireland, he is absolutely delighted", he said.


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