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| 18 September, 2017

Egyptian court acquits Irish citizen of murder in mass trial

Riot police guard front of High Judicial Court during emergency meeting held by Egyptian judges in downtown Cairo.

Riot police guard front of High Judicial Court during emergency meeting held by Egyptian judges in downtown Cairo.

REUTERS/Amr Dalsh

Halawa was part of a trial in which nearly 500 people were charged with, among other crimes, breaking into a mosque, killing 44 people.

CAIRO- An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa and his three sisters of charges including murder in a mass trial that has been going on for over four years, during which he was in jail.

Halawa was part of a trial in which nearly 500 people were charged with, among other crimes, breaking into a mosque, killing 44 people, including a policeman, and illegal possession of firearms in violence that followed the military's ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in 2013.

(Reporting by Haitham Ahmed; Writing by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Patrick Markey) ((ahmed.aboulenein@thomsonreuters.com; +20 2 2394 8097; Reuters Messaging: ahmed.aboulenein.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))