A US couple, Iris Botros and Louis Andros, have gone on trial in Egypt charged with child trafficking after trying to adopt newborn twins. The couple, who own a Greek restaurant in North Carolina, tried for years to have a child and attempted to adopt in the US where they married 15 years ago. But the age of Mr.  Andros, 70, and other factors stood in their way.

A Cairo orphanage is alleged to have given them the twins, forging papers showing Iris Botros to be the mother. The couple took the babies, named Victoria and Alexander, from the Coptic Christian orphanage back to a temporary home in Cairo while they tried to get American passports for them.

But a US Embassy employee became suspicious and, faced with a DNA test, Ms Botros finally admitted she was not the biological mother. The couple were then turned over to Egyptian police and face up to seven years in prison if convicted. In the tangle of Egypt’s complicated legal system even lawyers are unsure whether adoption in this country is legal or not, the BBC’s Christian Fraser reports from Cairo.



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