Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Global | By Doris Richards

Trump says 'no deal' was made for charity worker

Trump says 'no deal' was made for charity worker

A Cairo court finally acquitted Hijazi Sunday on charges of human trafficking, sexual exploitation of minors and using children in protests - all considered baseless by human rights groups and USA officials.

She will also be greeted by his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reports the Washington Post, which broke the story.

After multiple delays, Hijazi's case finally was heard in an Egyptian court Sunday and she and co-defendants were acquitted.

Hijazi's case has garnered worldwide attention over the years - Human Rights Watch called it a "travesty of justice" in a report released last month and argued that there was virtually no evidence to support the prosecution. President Donald Trump meets with Aya Hijazi, center, an Egyptian-American aid worker, accompanied by her brother Basel Hijazi, in the Oval office of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 21, 2017.

President Donald Trump had privately asked Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to help out in the case when Sisi visited the White House on April 3, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Now she and her husband are back in the U.S.: They arrived Thursday night at Joint Base Andrews on a military flight from Cairo, where they met Hijazi's family and McMullen. 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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McMullen said during the trip, "senior administration officials were engaging with Egyptian officials on Aya's case".

"A government forensic report provided by Hijazi's lawyer concluded there were no signs of sexual abuse when the children would've been at the shelter", NPR's Leila Fadel reported in 2015. Their families had long said the United States was not working hard enough to free them. Mursi, a Muslim Brotherhood member, had been elected the previous year.

"She faced the same political repression many defenders of human rights face", they wrote.

It wasn't until Trump stepped in and reset American-Egyptian relations that any headway was reached. The two leaders discussed the case at the time.

Human rights groups said the charges were unfounded, and that the arrests were part of a crackdown on nongovernmental organizations.

The court dropped all charges and the administration sent a government aircraft to ferry the couple back to America. "These last 72 hours have been understandingly overwhelming but they're in good spirits". I assume you all feel the same way about Trump.

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