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Durham couple to be released from Egyptian prison

Posted March 11, 2011

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— A Durham couple imprisoned in Egypt for trying to adopt children was expected to be released on Friday, family members said.

Iris Botros and Louis Andros were arrested in Egypt in December 2008 on charges that they attempted to adopt two infants, which is prohibited under Islamic law.

The couple denied any wrongdoing, but they were convicted in 2009 and sentenced to two years in prison and each ordered to pay $18,000 in fines.

Representatives of the U.S. embassy in Cairo were unable to say whether Botros and Andros had been released.

David Barnette, a friend of the couple and a regular at their Triangle restaurant, said he hopes they return to Durham when they leave Egypt.

"I can't wait to see them," Barnette said. "Once I heard the news, well, I did jump for joy because that's a great blessing, because they have suffered a long time, and it's good to hear that they'll be out."


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  • imtoofastforyou2 Mar 11, 2011

    You're not hattie, I was thinking the exact same thing, same as with the people in Haiti. There are a multitude of children in this country that need parents. And again why would you go halfway around to world to adopt a baby, and deeper still wouldn't it just make common sense to CHECK THE LAWS of the country BEFORE you attempt to do anything?

  • hellorhighwaters Mar 11, 2011

    If they were 'doing nothing wrong'; then why did they have to go half way round the world to adopt two infants?
    Something just does not sound right.
    All these children in the US that need loving and caring homes, why not start here first for their adoptions?

    I know I can't be the only one that's wondering this question.