Skip to comments.Woman imprisoned in Egypt for 3 years lands in U.S. after Trump intervention
Posted on 04/21/2017 7:06:41 AM PDT by simpson96
An Egyptian American charity worker who was imprisoned in Cairo for three years and became the global face of Egypt's brutal crackdown on civil society returned home to the United States late Thursday after the Trump administration quietly negotiated her release.
President Donald Trump and his aides worked for several weeks with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi to secure the freedom of Aya Hijazi, 30, a U.S. citizen, as well as her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, who is Egyptian, and four other humanitarian workers. Trump dispatched a U.S. government aircraft to Cairo to bring Hijazi and her family to Washington.
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 haven and rehabilitation center for street children in Cairo.
The couple and their co-workers had been incarcerated since May 1, 2014, on child abuse and trafficking charges that were widely dismissed by human rights workers and U.S. officials as false. Virtually no evidence was ever presented against them, and for nearly three years they were held as hearings were inexplicably postponed and trial dates canceled. Human rights groups alleged that they were abused in detention.
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Obama did this also /s. He didn have to negotiate. He just dropped several $ Billion and things got ¨peachy¨!
This reminds me - has that guy who was sent to prison for supposedly sparking the Benghazi incident with a YouTube video ever released?
If not that needs to happen.
Right. Obama used pallets of cash. Trump uses persuasion and personal rapport.
Yes, after spending nearly a year in jail.
Iranian hostage crisis redux, though on a small scale.
Now, President Trump needs to work on getting our kidnapped American citizens home from Saudi Arabia.
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