Newly released Egyptian-American charity worker visits Trump

Miranda GreerApr 22, 2017

An Egyptian-American charity worker was freed and returned home to the Washington, D.C. area Thursday night after spending three years in an Egyptian jail over what human rights groups say were bogus charges.

A White House official said there was no quid pro quo offered for the releases, but they did receive assurance that the aid workers would not be called back to Egypt if they were found guilty at a later date.

Aya Hijazi sits reading a book inside a holding cell as she faces trial on charges of human trafficking, sexual exploitation of minors and using children in protests at a courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, on March 23, 2017. James Mattis and deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell visited Egypt to discuss the issue.

But US media report the cosy bilateral capped a flurry of behind-the-scenes diplomacy by Trump administration officials to secure Ms Hijazi's release.

The couple had established a foundation to help street children in 2013, reports CBS News. And even by Egyptian law, it was illegal for her to be held for trial for more than two years. Both had been in prison since May 1, 2014 on charges of child abuse and trafficking, which US officials dismissed as false, the Post adds.

The process bore fruit last Sunday when a Cairo court announced that it was dropping all charges against Hijazi and her husband, as well as all the other humanitarian workers.

Aya Hijazi, center, a dual U.S.

US officials had raised Hijazi's case with the Egyptians soon after Trump took office on January 20, the official said.

Trump has shown public support for Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and he and several officials met with al-Sisi earlier this month. Aya Hijazi, an Egyptian-American woman, as flown back to the United States on Thursday on a US military plane, accompanied by a top White House official, a senior administration official said. She founded Belady, a non-governmental organisation that promotes a better life for street children.

Despite their long detainment, the couple told their attorney that they won't forsake their charitable causes and are only emboldened to redouble their efforts. "You can just tell that their spirit is strong and no matter what come next that they do still feel strongly about contributing to making the world a better place". I suppose you could see how someone dealing with children on the street could momentarily get caught up in a sting against human trafficking.

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