Egypt acquits Irish-Egyptian after 4 years in detention

An Egyptian criminal court on Monday acquitted an Irish-Egyptian who has been detained for four years on a slew of charges, including murder, arson and illegal possession of weapons, his defense lawyer said. However, the court sentenced an American-Egyptian to five years imprisonment over the same charges.

Yasmeen Said said Ibrahim Halawa has yet to be released following the verdict by the criminal court in a case involving nearly 500 defendants. The completion of his release paperwork could take hours or a few days.

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney welcomed Halawa's acquittal. "Ibrahim Halawa's name has been cleared and his innocence is confirmed. I look...