published by Justin Podur on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 16:14
Canadians detained in Egypt refuse food to protest the arbitrary nature of their detention
September 16, 2013
For immediate release –
Canadian filmmaker, John Greyson, and emergency room physician, Tarek Loubani, have informed friends and supporters through their Egyptian lawyers that they will be refusing food beginning September the 16th to protest the arbitrary nature of their detention by Egyptian authorities.
published by Justin Podur on Sun, 09/15/2013 - 18:29
Sept 15/13, 3pm
After a brief meeting in Tora prison, where Canadians John Greyson and Tarek Loubani have been held for the past 30 days, the Cairo district prosecutor, Mohamed Heta, announced today that he would extend their detention period for a further 15 days.
Egyptian authorities have not provided any reason for the extension or for the ongoing detention of Greyson and Loubani. Greyson and Loubani were first arrested in the early evening of Friday, August 16th, when they approached Egyptian police officials to ask for directions in the Azbakiya district of Cairo.
published by Justin Podur on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 02:53
September 5, 11pm
Tarek and John had another visit from consulars and from our lawyers yesterday. We have heard more about how they are doing, which continues to be summarized as "good health and high spirits", although they have now been in for about three weeks, entirely at the prosecutor's discretion, and our own frustration and that of friends and supporters continues to grow.
published by Justin Podur on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 12:32
August 30, 8:30am
This morning, the district prosecutor in Cairo met with our lawyers, staff from the Canadian Embassy, and John and Tarek. This was the meeting that had been set for Thursday.
The prosecutor said his own investigation was continuing and he was waiting for additional information, which he expects to come in another few days, before making his decision about whether Tarek and John would be released. Our lawyers will be checking in daily to see if the prosecutor has made his decision.
published by Justin Podur on Thu, 08/29/2013 - 14:56
Aug 29, 2013, 11am
After waiting the entire day outside the prison, and with curfew approaching, our lawyers had to leave as the prosecutor had not arrived by the end of the day. Tarek and John remain in prison. No word has come about rescheduling their appearance before the prosecutor. No other hearings took place, including for other prisoners who were up for their appearances before the prosecutor.
In general, for coverage about Tarek and John, support statements, and updates, please follow tarekandjohn.com. Here at podur.org, we will only be posting updates and statements from the point of view of the families. These will also be on tarekandjohn.com, but usually they will first be posted here.
published by Justin Podur on Tue, 08/20/2013 - 17:29
1:30pm, Aug 20/13
Today a district prosecutor in Cairo sent a press release to domestic Egyptian media outlets referring to the detention for 15 days of nine foreigners -- 4 Irish, 2 Syrian, 1 Turkish, and 2 Canadian -- pending investigation into a wide-ranging list of allegations concerning events that took place at the al-Fateh mosque and the Azbakiya police station.