John Greyson and Tarek Loubani in photos provided by their families (Photos: AP/Handout)
After seven weeks imprisoned in a prison in Egypt under "brutal" conditions, Canadians Tarek Loubani and John Greyson have been freed, CBC News reports. Few other details about their release are available, but the two men, who were arrested on August 16 during anti-government protests in Cairo, are coming home.
"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," Lynne Yelich, a junior minister said in a statement. "We are facilitating Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson's departure from Egypt."
The pair were released Sunday morning, Cairo time.
Greyson's sister Cecilia, who has been working to secure the men's release since they were imprisoned, tweeted about the release, as did Justin Podur, a friend of the men:
thank you everyone for help. with everyone together we managed to #freetarekandjohn— Justin Podur (@justinpodur) October 6, 2013
Calls to release the men have come from the Canadian government and other sources, including a group of filmmakers and artists who issued an open letter at TIFF demanding the men be freed.
Last month, Loubani and Greyson issued a statement from prison describing the conditions of their incarceration and explaining the circumstances surrounding their arrest. They wrote that they had decided to check out some protests taking place near their hotel and witnessed at least 50 protesters being killed when they were detained by authorities.
The prison where they were held was cramped, filthy and cockroach infested, the men wrote, and they had to sleep on a concrete floor in a room with other prisoners. There's no word on exactly when they'll arrive back in Canada.
Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Tarek and John were imprisoned for 51 days. The correct number is 50.