Verdict expected today in trial of Ibrahim Halawa

The 21-year-old from Firhouse has been imprisoned in Egypt for over four years and last month had his trial put back another three weeks to today.

Mr Halawa, the son of a prominent Muslim cleric, Sheikh Hussein Halawa, was imprisoned after being detained in a mosque near Ramses Square in Cairo during protests over the removal of elected president Mohammed Mursi in August 2013.

He was arrested along with hundreds of others after taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Cairo.

Hearings in the mass trial involving Halawa and 493 others have been adjourned and delayed numerous times over the past four years but a verdict is finally expected to be delivered today.

Mr Halawa’s lawyer says no specific evidence has been produced produced relating to Mr Halawa.

Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland has said there is no evidence to link Ibrahim to the charges made against him.

“We hope very much that there will be a final verdict today.

“He must be acquitted because at no stage during this now four year process was a single piece of evidence introduced by the prosecution in the mass trial involving Ibrahim.”