Canadians released from prison in Egypt

Canada Foreign Affairs department says two Canadians held without charges for several weeks have been freed.

    Canadians John Greyson and Tarek Loubani had been held in the high security Tora facility for 6 weeks. [Al Jazeera]
    Canadians John Greyson and Tarek Loubani had been held in the high security Tora facility for 6 weeks. [Al Jazeera]

    Canada's Foreign Affairs department has said that two Canadians held without charges for the past several weeks in Egypt have been released from prison.

    Lynne Yelich, a Canadian minister of consular affairs, said late on Saturday that Canada welcomes the decision to release John Greyson, a filmmaker and professor, and Tarek Loubani, a physician.

    The pair has been held without charges since mid-August. The men say they were observing an anti-government demonstration Aug 16 when Loubani heeded a call for a doctor and began treating wounded demonstrators while Greyson recorded the unrest on video.

    The pair released a statement a week ago saying they were beaten and subjected to degrading treatment. Canada's foreign minister warned Egypt that the detention was a significant threat to relations between the two countries.

    SOURCE: AP


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