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Joy over Ibrahim Halawa's freedom

The prosecution of Dubliner Ibrahim Halawa in Egypt was nothing short of a scandal and there will be enormous relief that he has finally been acquitted on all charges.

The 21-year-old had been on trial in Cairo along with almost 500 other defendants after being held in custody since he was arrested in a mosque in the city during political upheaval four years ago.

While his three sisters were also initially detained, but allowed to return to Dublin, Mr Halawa remained in jail even though Amnesty International insisted that no credible evidence was ever presented against him.

All those who campaigned for his release deserve considerable credit and the priority must now be ensuring that Mr Halawa can be reunited with his family in Ireland as soon as possible.

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