American Students Freed in Cairo
Derrik Sweeney, Luke Gates, Gregory Porter Released from Egyptian Jail
Derrik Sweeney, a 19-year old from Georgetown University, Luke Gates, a 21-year old from Indiana University, and Gregory Porter, a 19-year old from Drexel University have been released from jail following an order from an Egyptian court.
Sweeney, Gates, and Porter had been accused of throwing molotov cocktails at security forces during the ongoing protests in Tahrir Square. The three students denied the charges.
Derrick Sweeney, Luke Gates and Gregory Porter must now jump through the bureaucratic hoops between the release order and going back to their dorm rooms. However, it has been suggested that the three Americans leave Egypt sooner rather than later.
Roberto Powers, the U.S. consul general in Egypt, advised that as the three students' pictures had been plastered all over the media, "it wouldn't be safe or prudent for them to remain in the country," she said.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian military has stopped pretending that it hasn't killed anyone in the renewed protests, acknowledging that at least 38 have died so far.