Sunday, April 23, 2017


Who is Aya Hijazi, the American freed from jail in Egypt?
Excerpt: During nearly three years spent shuttling between an Egyptian jail and a Cairo courtroom cage in a case dismissed by human rights groups as “bizarre,” Aya Hijazi's American citizenship did not seem to count for much. She was a dual national at a time when Egypt was gripped by the widest-ranging crackdown in its modern history. Her case had become a national scandal, cast by state media as a victory of law and order. And despite calls for her release, the Obama administration seemed to have little leverage with the Sissi regime to make it happen. But on Friday, she entered the White House as a free woman, having flown home on a U.S. government plane after being acquitted in a Cairo court. The court's decision came after months of backroom negotiations between the Trump administration and representatives of Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi.

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