Ibrahim Halawa

Ibrahim was caught up in the turmoil surrounding political protests while on holiday in Egypt. He was denied medical treatment for a gunshot wound to his hand following his arrest, and as a result, his hand is now permanently disfigured. The police beat him and wouldn’t let him see a lawyer.

Ibrahim awaits a mass trial and faces the death penalty if convicted. Reprieve is working with him and his family to secure his release.

Ibrahim was arrested, along with his three older sisters, at a protest in Cairo in August 2013. At the time of his arrest, Ibrahim was just seventeen years old, and about to start his final year of school.

During Ibrahim’s detention, the police have beat him, denied him medical treatment for bullet wounds to his hands, and denied him access to his lawyers.

He has been kept in solitary confinement in a cell less than a metre square with no light and no toilet. Prison staff have told him that he will be executed.

Ibrahim’s sisters were all released on bail, but he was not so lucky. He now faces a mass trial along with 493 others, the majority of whom are adults. Ibrahim and his co-defendants are charged with attending an illegal protest during which protesters allegedly caused deaths and criminal damage. They are being held jointly responsible for these offences, despite the total lack of evidence linking any of them to these crimes.

The sheer number of people involved in Ibrahim’s trial renders any concept of due process, or the right to a defence, meaningless. The Egyptian authorities have denied defendants access to lawyers, and lawyers are not allowed to speak at or attend court hearings. The defendants themselves are given no opportunity to participate in the proceedings against them. Repeated efforts to transfer Ibrahim’s case to a juvenile court have also been rejected. His trial has so far been adjourned over twenty times and lasted over three years.

Reprieve is working with Ibrahim and his family to secure his release.

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