The two Canadians detained in Egypt on Thursday, where approximately more than 1,000 people have lost their lives protesting in favor of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi, are anticipated to have a second visit from Canadian consular officials today.
A Toronto-based filmmaker and York University professor, John Greyson, and an emergency-room doctor from London, Ont., Tarek Loubani, were taken in custody by law enforcement agencies in Cairo on Friday. Both Greyson and Loubani were on their way to Gaza, as Greyson intended to explore the possibility of making a documentary and Loubani was involved in a program aimed to train local doctors. The two had to return from the Gaza border as it was closed and were arrested upon their arrival back in Cairo. The Egyptian authorities have failed to state any reason for their detainment, which took place at about 10 p.m. local time, i.e. well outside a nationwide dawn-to-dusk curfew in place since Thursday.
A professor at the faculty of environmental studies at York University, Justin Podur, has been voluntarily posting updates regarding the two on his blog. He reported on Sunday afternoon that consular officials have established contact with Greyson and Loubani. He later updated that “we have heard from Canadian consular services that they managed to visit Tarek Loubani and John Greyson in the Egyptian prison facility.” Podur also mentioned later on “Tarek and John have both passed messages through consular services that they are okay. We still have no information about charges. Consular services will be seeing Tarek and John again tomorrow [Monday].”
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