Egypt to free three US students

BBC News

A court in Egypt has ordered the release of three US students accused of taking part in the protests in Cairo, officials there say.

Derrick Sweeney and Gregory Porter, both 19, and Luke Gates, 21, were accused of throwing petrol bombs at the security forces in Tahrir Square.

Mr Sweeney’s mother told US media she was “absolutely elated” by her son’s release.

The US state department said it was trying to confirm they would be freed.

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