TAMPA — The parents of Youssef Megahed, one of two University of South Florida students being held on an explosives charge in South Carolina, say their son is a dedicated student who works with mental health patients and would not be involved in any terrorist acts.

The parents, Samir and Ahlam Megahed, spoke for the first time publicy today at a news conference arranged by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Tampa. They have not yet spoken to their son, who is being held in jail with fellow student, Ahmed Mohamed. Their three other children accompanied them at the news conference.

“I’m going to support him because I know he’s innocent. He is innocent. I will not leave him in the prison,” said Samir Megahed, 60, a civil engineer from Egypt.


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