Students released in Cairo

    UPDATE, 4:45: Gregory Porter was released “a couple of hours ago” according to his attorney, Theodore Simon. Simon said he had spoken to Porter who was “appreciative” of everyone who worked for his release. The other students are also free, Simon said.

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    The family and friends of Drexel student Gregory Porter this morning are still anxiously awaiting his release by Egyptian authorities.

    Following is the Associated Press report:

    Derrik Sweeney, Luke Gates and Gregory Porter, who attend the American University in Cairo, were arrested on the roof of a university building near Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square on Sunday. Officials accused them of throwing firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters.

    A court in Egypt ordered the release of the students, a lawyer in Philadelphia confirmed Thursday.

    Attorney Theodore Simon, who represents Porter, a 19-year-old student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, said he spoke by phone with Porter, describing the student’s demeanor as “calm and measured, demonstrating a maturity well beyond his 19 years.”

    “He was extremely thankful and appreciative for our efforts and the unconditional support of his mother and father,” Simon said.

    Porter is from Glenside, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia.

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