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Canadians released from prison in Egypt

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

Last Modified: 06 Oct 2013 03:41
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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.

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