Irish student arrives home after Egypt prison ordeal

October 24, 2017

Image of Ibrahim Halawa

An Irish citizen who had faced a death sentence in Egypt for attending a 2013 protest is due to arrive home in Dublin today.

Ibrahim Halawa from Dublin, was 17 when he was arrested with hundreds of other people in 2013, as part of a crackdown on protests in Egypt. He was held in pre-trial detention for over four years, and reported being regularly tortured. Ibrahim was tried as an adult alongside 493 other people, despite having been a juvenile at the time of his arrest.

Egypt has handed down thousands of death sentences in mass trials since protests in 2013, according to research by human rights organization Reprieve, which has been assisting Ibrahim.

Commenting, Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve, said:

“Ibrahim has been through a hellish ordeal. Arrested and tortured, he faced a death sentence in a mass trial of 494 people for attending a protest when he was just 17. His release and return home to Ireland is long overdue. Ibrahim’s ordeal has shone a light on the gross abuses perpetrated by the Egyptian regime – including the use of mass trials, torture and the death penalty for children and non-violent protesters. Ireland and the international community should call on Egypt to end these abuses.”


Notes to Editors:

1. Reprieve is an international human rights organization. Reprieve’s London office can be contacted on: or +44 (0) 207 553 8140.

2. Reprieve’s research on the death penalty in Egypt can be seen here and here.