Detained Canadians’ Families Request Pressure Be Applied on Egyptian Government to Secure Their Immediate Release

August 19th, 2013
16:30am EST

For Immediate Release –

Egyptian authorities continue to detain two Canadians, Professor and Filmmaker, John Greyson, and Emergency Physician, Tarek Loubani, 4 days after their initial arrest.

The families of the two detained Canadians are calling on the Canadian Government to work towards their immediate release.


August 19th, 2013
16:30am EST

For Immediate Release –

Egyptian authorities continue to detain two Canadians, Professor and Filmmaker, John Greyson, and Emergency Physician, Tarek Loubani, 4 days after their initial arrest.

The families of the two detained Canadians are calling on the Canadian Government to work towards their immediate release.

“Tarek and John were in Cairo on their way to Gaza” commented Dr. Justin Podur, a friend of the two detained Canadians. “Tarek was continuing a medical collaboration that has been established between the University of Western Ontario and the Emergency Department of Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza’s largest hospital, while John was conducting preparatory work for a film project in Gaza,” Podur added.

The ongoing detention of the two Canadians is especially concerning in light of the Egyptian military’s ongoing crackdown against protestors and foreign journalists.

“We are very concerned about John’s safety” said John’s family members, Cecilia Greyson and Stephen Andrews. “We are hopeful that the Canadian Embassy in Cairo is doing everything they can to secure their immediate release” they added.

“We are calling on Minister John Baird, and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, to call for the immediate release of John and Tarek” said Mohammed Loubani, Tarek’s brother.

For more information, please contact –

Dr. Justin Podur
Justin@Podur.org

Author: Justin Podur

Ecology. Environmental Science. Political Science. Anti-imperialism. Political fiction. Teach at York U's FES. Author. Writer at ZNet, TeleSUR, AlterNet, Ricochet, and the Independent Media Institute.