PHILADELPHIA Family and friends of three American students arrested during a protest in Cairo waited anxiously Friday for news that they had been released from police custody.
Derrik Sweeney, Luke Gates and Gregory Porter, who attend the American University in Cairo, were arrested on the roof of a university building near Cairos iconic Tahrir Square on Sunday. Officials accused them of throwing firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters.
A court in Egypt ordered the release of the students, a lawyer in Philadelphia confirmed.
Attorney Theodore Simon, who represents Porter, a 19-year-old student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, said he spoke by phone with Porter, describing the students demeanor as calm and measured, demonstrating a maturity well beyond his 19 years.