All 3 Arrested US Students Leave Egypt

Luke Gates, Derrik Sweeney, and Gregory Porter board flights
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 26, 2011 6:18 AM CST
Arrested US Students Luke Gates, Derrik Sweeney, and Gregory Porter Leave Egypt
In this Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011 file image from Egyptian state television, three American students are displayed to the camera by Egyptian authorities following their arrest during protests in Cairo.   (Anonymous)

The three American students arrested during a protest in Cairo caught flights out of Egypt early today, according to an airport official and an attorney for one of the trio. Luke Gates, 21, and Derrik Sweeney, 19, left the Egyptian capital today on separate flights to Frankfurt, Germany. Gregory Porter, 19, also left the country, according to his attorney.

The teens, who were studying at the American University in Cairo, were arrested on the roof of a university building near Cairo's Tahrir Square last Sunday. Officials accused them of throwing firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters. They protested their innocence, and an Egyptian court ordered their release on Thursday. (More American University in Cairo stories.)

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