Ibrahim Halawa is addressing a number of MEPs in Strasbourg this afternoon to thank them for supporting a resolution calling for his release back in December 2015.

The 22-year-old, who was acquitted of charges relating to mass protests in Cairo five years ago, is telling his story and discussing human rights abuses in Egypt.

Mr Halawa was arrested in August 2013 during a police crackdown on demonstrations against the overthrow of the elected president Mohammed Mursi.

He spent over four years in jail and returned home to Ireland in October last year.

Earlier, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan told the European Parliament that Mr Halawa was in the public gallery as a free man, for which he received a round of applause.

He is joined on a human rights panel by from Reprieve, Front Line Defenders and the Cairo Institute.

Asked if he had any interest going into politics, Mr Halawa said his focus at the moment was on human rights, but he did not rule it out in the future.