Ibrahim Halawa given date for verdict

It has been confirmed that 21 year old Firhouse man Ibrahim Halawa will learn the verdict of his trial next Monday 28th August.

A status posted at 2pm today on the Free Ibrahim Halawa Facebook page said:

“It has been confirmed that verdict will take place on the 28th of August. It’s time for the Irish government to fulfil their promise.

Yesterday Mr Halawa faced his 36th trial since his arrest four years ago at a demonstration against the government of Abdel Fattah El Sisi, which was after taking power.He has attended many mass trials with hundreds of prisoners, but the court date has been postponed over 30 times.

Some of his friends and family gathered outside the Egyptian embassy in Dublin last Thursday to mark four years of his imprisonment.

“Ibrahim and hundreds of others were arrested, and jointly accused of responsibility for violence,” a statement by human rights organisation Reprieve said.

“Though he was just 17 – a juvenile – at the time of his arrest, Ibrahim faces the death penalty in a mass trial of 494 people.”

His family say Mr Halawa‘s health has deteriorated over the years and he has protested against his detention with several hunger strikes.

Speaking last Thursday his sister Somani Halawa said:

“Today we say that four years is too much.

“Four years in an Egyptian prison, four years of a mass trial, four years of hope of freedom that never came true, four years of waiting.

“One day is too much, four years is torture. We miss our brother desperately.”