Ibrahim Halawa defence case to finally be heard in Egyptian court today

Ibrahim Halawa’s long awaited trial is expected to hear the case for his defence today in Cairo.

The 21-year-old from Firhouse has appeared in court almost 30 times during his mass trial with over 400 other defendants.

He has spent nearly four years behind bars in Egypt, following his arrest at a protest in 2013.

Amnesty International said his detention and trial are unlawful.

Last week the prosecution made it’s closing presentation and following this Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said in a statement he welcomed the latest development in the protracted trial.

“The defendants and their lawyers will now have their opportunity to set out their arguments responding to the prosecution case and evidence.”

Mr Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with the Halawa family two weeks ago with the minister saying that during that meeting he told the local family that the case “will remain our highest priority until it is resolved.”

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has said he believes the trial process is now nearing a conclusion.