Arrested IU student may not leave Egypt until Sunday

Luke Gates was arrested for throwing firebombs earlier this week in Egypt.

The 21-year-old Indiana University student being held in Egypt should be returning home soon.
A court in Cairo has ordered his release.

Luke Gates will go free, but not a soon as his family had hoped. Luke's dad Bill told Eyewitness News, "We had good news earlier but we found out a little later that they has some additional paperwork they needed to do."

The Egyptian judge ordered the IU junior free, but not soon enough for the government to handle visas and other paperwork.

"Tomorrow is a holiday and they don't work on Saturday," said the elder Gates. So, Luke's father says, it may be at least Sunday before his son is released.

The 21-year-old Hoosier was arrested Sunday in Cairo along with two other US college students suspected of joining in anti-government riots, even throwing a firebomb at police.

They've denied those charges and Luke's father says they just got caught up in events.  Neighbor Shirley Shick said, "Watching him grow up here, (he's) just a fine young man. I just couldn't believe he would do anything like that. (It's) so far out of character for him, really."

"(He) was never violent, always laid back. We were hoping for the best and I think it's turning out okay," said Charlie Shick.

The Gates family had a chance to speak with Luke on Thursday.

"He was disappointed, like we were, about having to be there a little longer, but he's doing okay. He's doing all right," said Bill Gates.

IU has two other students studying at the American University campus in Cairo. It advises them to come home now.

So, for now, the Gateses wait. "God doesn't give you anything you can't handle. I just wish He didn't have so much confidence in us," said Bill Gates.