Canadian prisoners surprised by release
Oct 6, 2013 / 7:18 pm
Two Canadians held in an Egyptian prison were completely surprised when a guard swung open their cell door and led them to freedom after seven weeks in detention, says a relative of one of the men.
John Greyson's sister Cecilia said the Toronto filmmaker and London, Ont., Dr. Tarek Loubani had no clue that they were being freed.
"They just got a knock on the cell door and they were just sort of shuffled out of the cell," she said her brother told her in a late-night telephone call immediately after he was released from a Cairo prison with Loubani early Sunday morning.
"He actually thought they were changing cells or going to a different prison. So he was as surprised as anyone else about their release."
Cecilia Greyson said that when the phone rang late Saturday night she had no idea it was her brother calling from the comfort of a hotel.
"I think he just said, 'Hi, it's John,' and I sort of screamed and started to cry."
The two men were arrested on Aug. 16 during violent anti-government demonstrations in Cairo and detained in what they've called squalid conditions.
In her first time speaking to her brother since then, Cecilia Greyson said he told her he was in good health. She added his sense of humour shined through during their 10-minute conversation.
The men are currently in a Cairo hotel with their passports but will remain in Egypt until "red tape" is cleared allowing them to come home, Cecilia Greyson said, adding consular officials are helping them.
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