Egyptian-American woman freed in Egypt goes home on US military plane

Aja Hijazi, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen who had been detained in Egypt for almost three years, flew from Cairo to Washington with her family Thursday in a United States government aircraft sent by Trump, the Washington Post reports.

The lawyer, Taher Abol Nasr, told The Associated Press that Hijazi was released late Tuesday, two days after a court acquitted her of charges of child abuse that were widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups and US officials.

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. The official said there was no quid pro quo offered for her release, but the Trump administration had received assurances from Sisi's government that "whatever the verdict was, Egypt would use presidential authority to send her home".

Hijazi, who grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, and graduated from George Mason University, was working in Cairo with the Belady Foundation, which she and her husband established as a rehabilitation centre for street children in Cairo. Their release and the freedom of four other humanitarian workers were negotiated by Trump and White House aides, and Trump sent a US government aircraft to Cairo to bring them home, the Post reported. As Mattis traveled on to Israel, Powell and military aide Air Force Maj.

Hijazi was in Egypt running a nongovernmental organization that was seen as an anti-Egyptian scheme by Egyptian security officials, according to The Post.

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She had been in custody for 33 months in violation of Egyptian law, which states that the maximum period for pretrial detention is 24 months. Her Egyptian husband and four coworkers were arrested as well.

During the meeting, Trump called Sissi's leadership as "fantastic" and said that Egypt had "strong backing" from the U.S. government, The Post reported.

Hijazi is scheduled to meet Trump, his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is believed to have taken a personal interest in Hijazi's case.

"It's been a roller coaster of emotions the past couple of days", said her brother, Basel Hijazi.

"We're very grateful that President Trump personally engaged with the issue".

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