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US woman released from Egypt prison after 3 years' detention

AP  |  Cairo 

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 she was released late yesterday, two days after a acquitted her of charges of child abuse that were widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups and US 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.

US President Donald Trump did not publicly mention the case when he with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi earlier this month, but a senior official had said ahead of the meeting that the case would be addressed.

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 17:13 IST