November 24th, 2011
07:59 AM ET

3 U.S. students expect to be freed in Egypt

[Updated at 4 p.m. ET] Three American college students arrested on suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails during a protest in Cairo were ordered released Thursday, but it was not immediately clear when that would happen. Late in the day, they remained in custody.

"We handed the release order to the police and it's in their hands now," said Adel Saeed, the official spokesman of the general prosecutor.

The prosecutor's office told CNN earlier Thursday that the students had already been released. But late in the day, a friend of the students said they could remain in custody for a few more days.

Drew Harper, a 22-year-old film student from New York who has been in Cairo for three months, said the students said they were in good spirits and cited a bureaucratic slowdown for their continuing detention.

The erroneous news that they had already been freed was embraced by Joy Sweeney, whose son Derrik is one of the three students. "We are just so blessed and so grateful right now," she told CNN. "I can't wait to give him a big hug."

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  1. jerry

    AUC WAS right by Tahrir but has moved to the desert to New Cairo about an hour east. There are still some grad students downtown but these kids would not have been studying there.

    November 24, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chan

    They don't want American kids to injustices ongoing in Egypt. Lucky they out of Egypt participating thanksgiving holiday at home.

    November 24, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. babyunk

    He who is without sin may he cast the first stone.... oh we are all sinners so instead of being so judgemental lets b thankful on this thnxgiving that three of our Americans r safe and still have a future to look forward to. happy turkey day america

    November 24, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chan

    They don't want American kids to injustices ongoing in Egypt. Lucky they out of Egypt participating thanksgiving holiday at home. Never involved other people’s business.

    November 24, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Just try telling that to the right-wing thugs in Washington! Just maybe if they ever listened, we wouldn't have all these economic woes today. After all, our foreign policy is impacting our economy although most people are too stupid to realize it!!!

      November 24, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    Just try telling that to the right-wing thugs in Washington with their idiotic military interventions in foreign countries!!!

    November 24, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Thank you, George. You're right on the money!!!

      November 24, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Yea. Haiti, Bosnia Libya, Uganda. Oh wait ...

      November 24, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I've said it before, I'll say it again: "When in Rome..."

    November 24, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. s kel

    Thugs – college students looking for a thrill. Guess they couldn't get to NYC as OWS clowns

    November 24, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Walter

    What wrong with those three American??? They should be in DC protesting our president and his anti American plans. We need to come over here and help OWS figure our what the problem is. They need to be shown that obama is in charge . Therefor he is the problem .Not the corporation. Obama is the one issued our all the tax dollars to the failed company and banks. Some one need to tell Obama army of thugs to move to DC.

    November 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jeannie 807

    If my kid looked as stupid any of these three, I don't know if I'd be willing to admit I even knew him.

    November 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Glenn

    I wish they were tossing fire bottles at the three idiots that were hiking in Iraq. Pretty simple overseas rules. know where you're at, know the rules where you're at, and follow them.

    November 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mohamed Mohamed

    The Egyptian General Prosecutor needs to be changed. He always finds scapegoats to save his seat. He has been in his seat for a long time, without implementing proper justice.

    November 24, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Thank you, Mohamed Mohamed. I totally agree.

      November 25, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. noemi

    How stupid r they to go into a country were they kill each other because they can. They should have put those 3 idiots in jail for a long time.those other 3 idiots that went into iran should still be there just for being stupid.I say off with there heads because they sure aren't using them.

    November 25, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. DODO

    they should be put in Turkish p[prison so there ass can be enlarged..

    December 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
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