Egyptian Chronicles: And Aya Hijazi is free again in time of Spring

Sunday, April 16, 2017

And Aya Hijazi is free again in time of Spring

And this is one Happy Easter indeed :)
Cairo's criminal court acquitted Aya Hijazi, her husband and the rest of the defendants in the "Beladi foundation" trial earlier Sunday after three years in detention on charges of several charges including human trafficking and sexual exploitation of street children.
This is one of the best news I have heard recently.
Aya Hijazi
Aya Hijazi smiling to her husband Hassanein inside the court's cage
"Reuters" 
The 29-years old Aya Hijazi, her husband Mohamed Hassanein and the 6 other member team were accused of trafficking, kidnapping, and the sexual exploitation and torture of children.
The George Mason University graduate and her team were arrested in May 2014.
For the Past 33 month "Over 1000 day", Aya and her team were detained in custody whether pending investigation or pending trial illegally.

According to the Egyptian law, the maximum period of pretrial detention is 24 months.
Aya Hijazi
Aya Hijazi and the victory sign at court "Elsam Gomaa" 
To be honest I did not expect Hijazi and her team to be acquitted of all charges on Sunday.
I expected that she would get a presidential pardon eventually but after a long time in jail just like Mohamed Sultan, Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy.

Many are speaking about the effect of Sisi's visit to Washington D.C from two weeks ago and how the American administration.
Some are saying that it is not the American administration but rather the U.S Congressmen and Senators especially the Democrats who adopted Aya's case.
It is worth to mention that president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi made it clear in his interview with Fox News Channel that he does not interfere in the judiciary.
 He also added that he was willing to pardon her if she was found guilty.

This is his usual answer when asked about certain trials.
Anyhow back to the happy sweet couple Aya and Mohamed.
Mohamed Hassanein told journalists that he would continue helping the street children in Egypt.
Aya also confirmed their plan.

I do not know if they are really going to stay in Egypt or they will head to the United States.
They suffered a lot and it is enough how they have been defamed by cheap pro-regime media.
Unfortunately, they cannot be compensated for the time they spent in custody.
Aya Hijazi and her husband
The couple in court's cage "Sharif Kouddous" 

The couple and the other 6 people will be released later this week.
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  1. Sisi can play Trump, release Egyptian nationals and meet them in presidential palace!

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