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Court orders release of U.S. students

November 24, 2011

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— A court in Egypt has ordered the release of three American students arrested during a protest in Cairo, a lawyer in Philadelphia confirmed Thursday.

Derrik Sweeney, Luke Gates and Gregory Porter, who attend the American University in Cairo, were arrested on the roof of a university building near Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square on Sunday. Officials accused them of throwing firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters.

Attorney Theodore Simon, who represents Porter, a 19-year-old student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, said his client remained in custody at a police station as of Thursday afternoon Eastern time.

But Simon said he was able to speak by phone with Porter, describing the student’s demeanor as “calm and measured, demonstrating a maturity well beyond his 19 years.”

“He was extremely thankful and appreciative for our efforts and the unconditional support of his mother and father,” Simon said.

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