"The government of Canada welcomes this decision by the government of Egypt and we look forward to seeing these two Canadian citizens return home in the not-too-distant future".Prime Minister Stephen Harper
The Prime Minister sounds optimistic that Tarek Loubani and John Greyson will be back in Canada soon. The two were released from an Egyptian prison Sunday after nearly two months -- but they remain in Cairo. According to Egyptian officials they pair are still under investigation and aren't able yet to leave the country. The office of Lynne Yelich, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, says its aware "of possible bureaucratic complications" and is working to resolve them.
"We've been held here in ridiculous conditions: no phone calls, no exercise, sharing a 3m x 10m cell
with 36 other political prisoners, sleeping like sardines on concrete with the cockroaches; sharing a
single tap of earthy Nile water". - Excerpt from John Greyson and Tarek Loubani's statement
The men were arrested at a violent protest in mid-August, and their freedom is welcome news to the thousands of people who demanded their release. Today we explore the successes of the Free Tarek and John campaign.
Cecilia Greyson is John Greyson's sister. She is one of the main organizers of the committee. She feels the huge amount of public support for the campaign to release Tarek and John was key to making their case a priority for the government. Cecilia Greyson was in our studio in Toronto.
Supporters of Tarek Loubani and John Greyson and others with experience in similar cases ... say it takes a team effort to help Canadians wrongfully imprisoned in foreign jails.
There are currently more than 1,600 Canadians imprisoned abroad -- many are charged with breaking local laws and are not necessarily political prisoners.
What does it take to release those who are wrongfully imprisoned?
We contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs. It declined our request for an interview.
This segment was produced by The Current's Sujata Berry, Idella Sturino and Marc Apollonio.
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