Two Canadians remain in Egyptian prison after prosecutor a no-show
The fate of two Canadian men arrested in Cairo remains uncertain after a prosecutor failed to appear at a hearing for their case.
Filmmaker John Greyson, 53, and Dr. Tarek Loubani, 32, were arrested on August 16 when they went into a police station to ask for directions.
According to reports, the lawyer for the two men was scheduled to meet with the prosecutor to plead their case for release.
No charges have been laid yet. Egyptian prosecutors have alleged that the men were participating with the Muslim Brotherhood on an attack on a police station. Greyson and Loubani were arrested amid riots in the country.
Their 15-day detention period will end on August 31 but a new hearing has not been scheduled yet.
The pair were en route to Gaza. Loubani was planning to participate in a program at Shifa Hospital there while Greyson (who has made numerous LGBT–themed films, such as Lilies and Zero Patience) was considering filming a documentary about it.
Over 92,000 people have signed an online petition for their release.
Acclaimed Canadian filmmakers Atom Egoyan and Arsinee Khanjian have made a video asking for the two men to be freed.