U.S. Students Arrested In Egypt

November 23, 2011 by staff 

U.S. Students Arrested In Egypt, One of the three American college students arrested during demonstrations in Egypt called home Wednesday and said he was being treated relatively well but denied that he threw anything during a protest in Cairo, his father said.

The three students attend American University in Cairo, and a spokeswoman for the school said Wednesday that they were questioned by Egyptian authorities around midnight Cairo time. The school said an embassy lawyer was present for the questioning and that the consul general also spoke with the students, reporting that they are in good health and being treated well.

An Egyptian official has said the three were arrested on the roof of a university building where they were throwing firebombs at security forces fighting with protesters near Tahrir Square. Another round of questioning was expected.

Kevin Sweeney, of Jefferson City, Mo., told The Associated Press that his 19-year-old son Derrik Sweeney spoke “very briefly” with his mother about 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday using the phone of the consul general. He said his son said he has not been tortured and that he was observing the demonstrations from the roof of a university building because he is studying Egyptian culture.

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