Karen McVeigh and Peter Beaumont
November 23, 2011
The US embassy in Cairo is investigating the detention of Sweeney and two other students at the American University of Cairo: Luke Gates, 21, of Bloomington, Indiana, and Greg Porter, 19, of Glenside, Pennyslyvania.
The three were arrested during clashes outside the interior ministry on Monday, authorities said.
Adel Saeed, a spokesman for the Egyptian general prosecutor’s office, told CNN: “The three boys were throwing molotov cocktails, and had no passports on them when they were picked up. They have been questioned by the police and will be further investigated by the Cairo prosecutor.”
Egyptian state television showed footage of them standing against a wall, with pictures of their driving licences and ID cards spread out next to what it said were petrol bombs.