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article imageCanadians freed following 51 days in Egyptian jail

By Dawn Denmar     Oct 6, 2013 in World
Cairo - John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani were released from their Egyptian prison in the morning of Saturday, Oct. 5. The two Canadians were arrested seven weeks ago, after witnessing Cairo anti-government demonstrations happening close by their hotel.
Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, welcomed the news of the pair's release, saying: “The government of Canada has obviously been pushing for that and welcomes this decision by the government of Egypt and we look forward to seeing these two Canadian citizens return home in the not too distant future.”
Greyson is a Toronto-based filmmaker and Loubani, an emergency doctor from London, Ontario. The men had been on their way to Gaza, with a brief stopover in Egypt, where they witnessed the violent demonstrations that resulted in at least 50 deaths. Loubani had treated some of the injured protesters and Greyson filmed the rioting. The pair were arrested by police when they were making their way back to their hotel.
The men were held in Tora Prison, south Cairo and were held in a cell measuring 3m x 10m, with 36 other political prisoners where they were forced to sleep on the concrete floor. Prior to release the two men had launched a two week hunger strike.
CTV News reported yesterday that the released men are still having difficulties leaving Egypt. They were booked on a flight to Frankfurt, Germany and would have then transferred on to a direct flight to Canada but when they checked in at Cairo airport were prevented from boarding as their names were listed on a "no flight" bulletin.
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