Canadians jailed in Egypt head home
Oct 11, 2013 / 6:44 am
Two Canadians who had been unable to leave Egypt following their release after 50 days of imprisonment are on their way home and say they can't wait to see their families and share hugs and laughs.
John Greyson and Tarek Loubani have issued a statement saying they flew out of Cairo at 9:40 a.m. local time and are scheduled to land at Toronto’s Pearson Airport at 7:25 p.m. ET.
Greyson, a Toronto filmmaker and professor, and Loubani, a London, Ont., doctor, had been detained in a Cairo prison for weeks without charge before they were freed last weekend.
In the statement, they say they can’t wait to see their families who will be waiting to ”share hugs, tears and laughs privately.”
A statement from Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich says Canada joins the families of both men in welcoming their return.
The pair were arrested Aug. 16 during violent anti-government demonstrations in Cairo.
They were detained in what they’ve called squalid and oppressive conditions. Amid mounting pressure for their release, they were suddenly freed early Sunday.
“I thank the Government of Egypt for its considerable assistance in this matter and for providing regular consular access,” said Yelich in her statement Friday.<
The statement also included a cautionary note to Canadians to “visit travel.gc.ca to read up on local laws before travelling.”
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