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Statement by President Michael D. Higgins welcoming the acquittal of Ibrahim Halawa

Date: Mon 18th Sep, 2017 | 13:57

“As President of Ireland I welcome the news that Ibrahim Halawa and his three sisters have today been acquitted of all charges brought against him, and them, in what has been a prolonged, distressing and draining experience. 

Today’s decision brings to an end a long ordeal that Ibrahim, his family, friends and legal team have been put through.

I am sure Ibrahim’s family are looking forward to the moment that Ibrahim will return to his home and loved ones. 

I am sure they will have been sustained by the support of all those who have campaigned for his release over the last four years.

It is appropriate, also, to acknowledge at this time the important efforts of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the staff at Ireland’s embassy in Cairo.”