Sunday, April 16, 2017

Cairo Court Acquits Egyptian-American Aid Worker After 33 Months In Custody

On April 16, 2017, A Cairo court acquitted an Egyptian-American woman and seven other people, who worked with street children, that were held for three years on charges of human trafficking.  The Egyptian-American, Aya Hijazi, founded Belady, which is a company that promotes a better life for homeless children.  Hijazi was held for 33 months in custody, which violates Egyptian law that states the maximum period for being held in custody is 24 months.  Originally, the group was accused of “organizing a group for the purposes of human trafficking, using children to disturb the public peace and order in protests, and holding them for sexual exploitation.”  

Lucas Carr

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