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US woman released from Egypt prison after 3 years' detention

Posted April 19

— The lawyer of Egyptian-American charity worker Aya Hijazi says she has been released from prison after nearly three years of detention.

Taher Abol Nasr told The Associated Press Hijazi was released late Tuesday, two days after a court acquitted her of charges of child abuse that were dismissed as bogus by human rights groups and U.S. officials.

Hijazi and her husband had established a foundation to aid street children, but were arrested along with six others in 2014. It was not immediately clear whether her co-defendants were also released.

Hijazi grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Egypt. After receiving a degree in conflict resolution from George Mason University in Fairfax in 2009, she moved to Egypt.

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