Two Canadian citizens, who were detained on 16 August, are still being held by the Egyptian authorities despite there being no charges announced against them.
Tarek Loubani and John Greyson have been receiving consular assistance from the Canadian embassy and officials have been able to visit them regularly, according to Canadian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had no information regarding Loubani or Greyson.
Loubani is an emergency room medical doctor and assistant professor of emergency medicine at Western University in Ontario, according to a website set up to campaign for the pair’s release. He also was instrumental in establishing the Canada-Gaza academic collaboration which takes doctors from his university to Gaza in order to train Gazan doctors in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support.
Greyson is a professor at the Department of Film at York University and also an award winning film maker. The website states that Greyson was beginning work on a film which was to be produced in the Middle East.
It is believed that the Loubani and Greyson were detained in Cairo en route to Gaza for a film project.
Under the current state of emergency in Egypt anyone can be detained without charge for an undefined period of time.