American student released from Egyptian police custody, his lawyer says

Posted Nov. 25, 2011, at 6:52 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA — The Drexel University student who was arrested along with two other Americans by Egyptian police after allegedly throwing Molotov cocktails during a pro-democracy protest has been released from the police station where he had been in custody, his attorney said Friday.

Theodore Simon, a Philadelphia lawyer representing the family of Gregory Porter, said that “certain necessary administrative steps” that precluded the student’s release from police custody had been resolved and that he expected his client to be on his way home “very soon.”

“He was permitted to leave,” said Simon.

Porter, 19, and two other students, Luke Gates, 21, of University of Indiana, and Derrik Sweeney, 19, of Georgetown University, have been detained since Monday when they were arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at police from a rooftop in the American University compound during protests. The campus is near Tahrir Square, the heart of the protests. Sweeney and Gates apparently have also been released.

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