Cairo, Nov 28: One of the three American students who were arrested in Cairo for throwing Molotov cocktails during Tahrir Square protests has revealed that they were beaten and threatened with death by the Egyptian authorities.
Nineteen-year-old Georgetown Universty student Derrick Sweeney revealed the jailers also threatened to make them drink gasoline.
“It was terrifying. One of the worst parts was the constant uncertainty,” the New York Daily News, quoted him, as saying.
Sweeney also flatly denied the allegation that he, Gregory Porter and Luke Gates, who were arrested on November 20, threw Molotov cocktails during the protests.
According to a CCN report, the Egyptian authorities said that they arrested the three Americans on the roof of a university building near Tahrir Square, and the police found a bag with empty bottles and gasoline.
Sweeney, however, said the American students were holding a bag for an Egyptian friend at the time they were detained, but did not know what was inside it.
When police confronted the American students with empty bottles and accused them of making Molotov cocktails, Sweeney said it was the “scariest moment” of his life.
“I didn’t know if I was going to survive and I actually fainted, the only time I recall fainting in my life,” he said.
The three students had traveled to Cairo to study for a semester at American University.
An Egyptian court ordered the students’ release on Thursday, and they were freed on Friday. The trio arrived safely in the United States on Saturday. (ANI)