FOSIS welcomes the acquittal of Irish student, Ibrahim Halawa, who was imprisoned for four years without trial in Egypt.
Ibrahim is a 21 year old Irish student who was detained in August 2013 at the age of 17 during a peaceful demonstration. Like many others across the region, he was subjected to torture throughout his detention, and denied access to medical care.
After his trial was adjourned 25 times, Ibrahim was acquitted of all charges on Monday, and is expected to be freed in the coming days.
Ibrahim was kept in solitary confinement for long periods and staged a number of hunger strikes in an attempt to draw attention to his case.
FOSIS president Mohamed Fadil said “we are extremely happy with today’s news of Ibrahim’s acquittal, and look forward to seeing him safe and sound back home in Ireland.”
Adding that “FOSIS is proud to have joined the ‘Free Ibrahim’ campaign and the important work it did in contributing to this outcome. Our thoughts are with all those still unfairly imprisoned.”
While we extend our warmest congratulations to the Halawa family on Ibrahim’s release, we recognise that many thousands of other political prisoners continue to be held across the world while being denied medical and legal provisions.
FOSIS condemns the mass incarceration of political prisoners, and supports free and fair trials which adhere to International Law.
We look forward to welcoming Ibrahim home.
1. FOSIS (est. 1963) is the umbrella organisation of student groups in colleges and universities throughout the UK and Ireland, representing the interests of over 130,000 Muslim students.
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