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Canadians Detained in Egypt Since August Released

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Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Two Canadians who had been detained in Egypt since their arrest in August during a government crackdown, were released, according to the Canadian government.

John Greyson, a professor at York University in Toronto, and Tarek Loubani, a physician from London, Ontario, had been held in Cairo since Aug. 16, the university said in a statement today.

Greyson, the director of York’s graduation program in film, was in Cairo to do documentary work and was with Loubani at the time of their arrest, Joanne Rider, a spokeswoman for the school said in a telephone interview. Rider said she didn’t know when they will return to Canada.

“We’re waiting to get more details,” she said.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich said in a statement yesterday that Canada welcomes the decision to release the men and that the Canadian government is “facilitating” the men’s departure from Egypt. A spokesman for the office couldn’t be reached for comment.

“I look forward to Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson being reunited with their families and friends, who have shown tremendous strength during this difficult time,” Yelich said.

According to the Associated Press, the men say they were observing an anti-government demonstration Aug. 16 when Loubani heeded a call for a doctor and began treating wounded demonstrators while Greyson recorded the unrest on video.

To contact the reporters on this story: David McLaughlin in Washington at dmclaughlin9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net