Canadian director John Greyson and doctor Tarek Loubani detained in Egypt
Emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani from London, Ontario, and Toronto-based filmmaker and York University professor John Greyson were reported to be arrested and detained in Cairo, Egypt, on August 16.
Loubani was travelling from Egypt to Gaza as part of a collaboration between the University of Western Ontario and Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest medical complex in Gaza. Greyson was conducting preparatory work for a documentary in Gaza.
The two Canadian men were taken to Tora prison, where ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is also being held.
Egyptian officials have not offered an explanation as to why the two men are being held.
Since August 14, clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters seeking the reinstatement of president Mohammed Morsi have resulted in hundreds of people being killed.
Greyson, who was born in British Columbia, is the director of numerous queer-themed Canadian films including Zero Patience and Lilies, and has directed episodes of Queer as Folk.