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Irishman Halawa arriving home after four years in Egyptian jail

Irishman Ibrahim Halawa - who has spent the last four years of his life in an Egyptian prison - is set to arrive home to Ireland.

The 21-year-old is due to arrive back in Dublin on Tuesday at around 11am, and will meet first with his family before being greeted by a crowd of wellwishers.

Early on Tuesday morning Mr Halawa wrote on Instagram: "Finally on my way home - thank you to everyone hwo has caused this moment I love you all so much - looking forward to finally coming home - I will arrive Dublin at 11!"

On the plane to Dublin can't wait !!!

Posted by Ibrahim Halawa on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mr Halawa, from Firhouse in Dublin, is flying home with his sister Nasaybi and Irish ambassador to Egypt Sean O'Regan.

He was 17 years old when, along with his three sisters Somaia, Fatima and Omaima, he was jailed in a 2013 crackdown amid protests over the removal of then Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.

His three sisters were later released on bail and allowed to return to Dublin, and were acquitted in abstentia.

Following a drawn-out legal battle, in which Mr Halawa was part of a mass trial alongside almost 500 others, he was last month acquitted of all charges against him.

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