Attorney: 3 arrested US students on way to airport

Luke Gates, center, is a student at IU Bloomington who was studying in Egypt this semester.

An attorney for one of three American students arrested during a protest in Cairo says they've been released and are on their way to the airport.

Philadelphia lawyer Theodore Simon represents 19-year-old Drexel University student Gregory Porter of Glenside, Pa.

Simon wouldn't immediately discuss the students' destinations, but one of their mothers says they're expected to fly to Germany.

Joy Sweeney says her 19-year-old son Derrik will then fly to Washington and on to St. Louis late Saturday night. Derrik Sweeney is a Georgetown University student from Jefferson City, Mo. Sweeney says she's "ecstatic" and plans to make her son a belated Thanksgiving dinner.

Sweeney, Porter and 21-year-old Indiana University student Luke Gates attend the American University in Cairo. They were arrested Sunday on the roof of a university building after officials accused them of throwing firebombs at Egyptian security forces fighting with protesters. They have denied the accusations.

An Egyptian court ordered their release Thursday.

It wasn't immediately clear if Luke Gates, the student from Indiana University-Bloomington, would also be returning with the others. Earlier reports indicated his return would be delayed by a few days.

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