An Egyptian-American aid worker and her Egyptian husband have returned to the U.S. after being imprisoned for nearly three years in Egypt, over charges of child abuse that were widely regarded as specious.
U.S. officials had unsuccessfully advocated for Aya Hijazi's release for years. When Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi visited President Trump at the White House earlier this month, officials said Hijazi's case would be among the topics of discussion between the two governments. (Former President Barack Obama never invited Sissi to Washington, over objections to Sissi's human rights record.)
Wade McMullen, managing attorney at the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organization, has been advocating on Hijazi's behalf. He tells NPR that Sissi's visit came during a short window of time before the final verdict in Hijazi's case. During the trip, "senior administration officials were engaging with Egyptian officials on Aya's case," he says.