Ms. Hijazi, who has twin Egyptian and American citizenship and is a graduate of George Mason College in Virginia, was arrested in Could 2014, alongside together with her husband, Mohamed Hassanein. On the time, she labored on the Beladi Basis, a nonprofit that she based to take care of road youngsters in Cairo.
Egyptian officers had charged Ms. Hijazi and her husband with human trafficking and abusing youngsters, they usually confronted years in jail. Human rights advocates had referred to as the case “weird” and stated that it lacked credibility.
The case had change into a logo of Mr. Sisi’s authoritarian rule in Egypt since he took energy in 2013. His authorities has more and more sought to regulate all types of dissent, and Ms. Hijazi was labeled an agitator by Egyptian authorities.
White Home officers stated Mr. Trump took a private curiosity in her case. He had been briefed about it within the days main as much as Mr. Sisi’s go to, and he instructed his aides to satisfy with Egyptian officers to foyer for her launch.
“He simply stated, ‘Let’s convey her house,’” stated an American official, who insisted on anonymity to debate delicate diplomatic issues.
United States officers met with the visiting Egyptian delegation when it arrived in Washington earlier than Mr. Sisi’s go to, and made clear that the president was centered on her destiny and wished her freed.
After lengthy discussions, the Egyptian officers assured the People earlier than the White Home go to that they’d oblige and free her, however not till her courtroom date after Mr. Sisi returned house, the official stated.
Whereas White Home officers felt assured that she was on the verge of freedom, they selected to take what they knew could be criticism within the information…