Charity Worker Returns to US After Being Detained in Egypt

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A Cairo court on Sunday acquitted Hijazi of child abuse and human trafficking charges after she had spent almost three years behind bars.

Hijazi and her seven co-defendants - including her husband, Mohamed Hassanein - worked for a foundation dedicated to aiding Cairo's street children until May 2014 when its offices were raided.

Earlier this week, a court acquitted Hijazi of charges of child abuse and allowed her to leave the country.

Hijazi's husband, an Egyptian national, was also released.

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The Trump administration negotiated for their release with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.

The official was not authorised to discuss the case by name and requested anonymity.

Critics had accused the Obama administration of indifference to her case.

"Aya Hijazi, her husband, and their colleagues are finally free, but the system that subjected them to a travesty of justice for almost three years remains unchanged", said Joe Stork, the organization's deputy Middle East director.

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After spending three years in an Egyptian jail, a charity worker returned home to the Washington D.C. area.

Trump had dispatched a US government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington for this meeting.

Hijazi arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

Instead, the couple was arrested, and months later, they were told they had been charged with sexually assaulting the children in their care.

"When asked if he could describe how the release had come about, Mr. Trump said No, just - you know, I asked the government to let her out".

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