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Derrik Sweeney third American student arrested in Cairo

Derrik Sweeney, a Georgetown University student, has been identified as the third American student from the American University in Cairo who was arrested and paraded on state television Tuesday.

Derrik Sweeney, as shown on state TV. (Image via YouTube)

Sweeney’s father told the Post his son was “caught up in the hype” of Egypt protests. “I suspect that being with a bunch of Egyptian students he probably got caught up in something. Who knows?”

Sweeney was an intern for Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) from February to May 2011. The congressman's spokesman, Paul Sloca, said Sweeney answered phones and attended meetings, did “intern stuff.” “He was a good intern,” Sloca said.

Georgetown University spokeswoman Stacy Kerr says university officials are in contact with the American University in Cairo, the U.S. State Department and embassy officials.

According to his Facebook profile, Sweeney studies psychology at Georgetown.

On Twitter, Sweeney was identified as being from Los Angeles and majoring in Arabic. A Twitter user Reem Morsy  posted this photo of Derrik Sweeney in Cairo a month ago:


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