Charity worker returns to US after being detained in Egypt

Alaa Hijazi, center, speaks about her sister Aya Hijazi, in photograph, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, with Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., left, and brother Basel Hijazi, right. Aya Hijazi has been imprisoned without trial in Egypt for over two years. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says an Egyptian-American charity worker freed after nearly three years of detention in Egypt has returned to the United States.

Earlier this week a court acquitted the charity worker, 30-year-old Aya Hijazi, of charges of child abuse that were widely dismissed as bogus by human rights groups and U.S. officials.

A White House official said Thursday night that Hijazi and her husband, Mohamed Hassanein, an Egyptian, had arrived in the Washington area. The official was not authorized to discuss the case by name and requested anonymity.

Hijazi and her husband had established a foundation to aid street children in 2013, but they were arrested along with several others in 2014.

Her case was on the agenda when President Donald Trump met earlier this month with Egypt's president.

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