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Optimism at last for the American prison in Egypt, her family

In this photo provided by Basel Hijawi, taken in 2015, American citizen Aya Hijazi waves as they leave a court in Cairo after the hearing. Family and friends of an American prison in Egypt for almost three years in the hope that her time in custody may terminate. Hijazi, 29, grew up in Falls Church, Va. and is a dual citizen of the united states and Egypt. After obtaining her degree in conflict resolution from George Mason University in 2009, she returned to her native land, and with her Egyptian husband, started a foundation to help homeless children. (Basel Hijawi via AP)

(Associated Press)

McLEAN, Va. – Family and friends of an American prison in Egypt for almost three years in the hope that her time in custody may terminate.

Aya Hijazi grew up in Virginia, graduated from George Mason University in 2009, and was arrested in 2014 on charges widely believed to be fake. Hijazi and her Egyptian husband had started a foundation to help homeless children in the country. The authorities say that they abuse children, but observers say that the charges are baseless and a part of the approach of the civil society in the country.

After years of delay, her trial is underway, and advocates say that the lack of evidence against her is clear.

Advocates call on President-elect Donald Trump his influence with egypt’s president to secure her release.

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