Cdns. held in Egypt leave Cairo: Report
TORONTO - Two Canadians who were unable to leave Egypt following several weeks of imprisonment without charge have apparently left the country.
CTV News is reporting that Dr. Tarek Loubani of London, Ont., and John Greyson of Toronto boarded a flight to Frankfurt, Germany early Friday en route to Canada.
And a statement from Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich said "Canada joins the families" of both men in "welcoming their return to Canada."
An Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Badr Abdel-Atty, had earlier stated that the pair had been cleared to leave Egypt.
Greyson, a filmmaker and Loubani, an emergency-room physician, were arrested on Aug. 16 during violent anti-government demonstrations in Cairo.
They were detained in what they've called squalid and oppressive conditions. Amid mounting pressure for their release, they were suddenly freed early Sunday.
"I thank the Government of Egypt for its considerable assistance in this matter and for providing regular consular access," said Yelich in her statement early Friday.
The statement also included a cautionary note to Canadians to "visit travel.gc.ca to read up on local laws before travelling."