Egypt frees jailed Canadians Tarek Loubani and John Greyson
In a surprise middle-of-the-night move, Egyptian authorities release Tarek Loubani and John Greyson after nearly 50 days in a Cairo prison.
In a surprise middle-of-the-night move, Egyptian authorities have released Canadian detainees Tarek Loubani and John Greyson after nearly 50 days in an overcrowded, cockroach-infested cell in Cairo.
“They just came to their cell and said, ‘Come with us,’ ” said Loubani’s brother Mohammed in a phone interview with the Star. “They had no idea what was happening until they arrived at the police station. They were stunned.”
He said Loubani and Greyson were resting in a Cairo hotel after their release.
Greyson’s sister, Cecilia Greyson, tweeted “Christmas has come early” upon getting the happy news late Saturday night Toronto time and thanked all those who worked for their release.
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In Ottawa, Consular Affairs Minister Lynne Yelich welcomed the two men’s release in a statement: “I look forward to Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson being reunited with their families and friends who have shown tremendous strength during this difficult time.”
Loubani, an emergency room physician from London, Ont., and Greyson, a Toronto filmmaker, were arrested Aug. 16 during a stopover in Cairo while en route to Gaza, where Loubani was to teach medical students while Greyson film the project.
From article Toronto Star cot 6 Olivia Ward