Monday, September 18, 2017

Egypt 🇪🇬 acquits Irish-Egyptian 👏 after 4 years in prison





An Egyptian criminal court has acquitted an Irish-Egyptian man kept in pre-trial detention for four years who says he was regularly tortured during his incarceration.

Ibrahim Halawa - arrested at age 17 as part of a deadly crackdown on protests in Cairo and who faced the death penalty - has yet to walk free following Monday's verdict, said defence lawyer Yasmeen Said.

He is the son of a senior Muslim Brotherhood member - a group that swept to power in elections after the 2011 uprising, but is now outlawed by the government of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Hawala and his three sisters were arrested along with hundreds of others in August 2013, days after security forces violently broke up a sit-in by supporters of then-president Mohammed Morsi, who had been overthrown by the military the previous month.

"Ibrahim was arrested as a child for the 'crime' of attending a protest, tortured, and tried facing the death penalty alongside adults in an unfair mass trial," said Maya Foa, director of Reprieve. "However, it is utterly disgraceful that at the same time the Egyptian authorities have handed out heavy sentences to 442 others after sham proceedings in a mass trial that flouted the most basic standards of a fair trial, while security forces who used excessive and lethal force during protests that day have escaped unpunished," she said.

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