TORONTO — Family members of the two Canadians held in Egypt have reported the men will face another 45 days in an Egyptian prison.
The sister of Toronto filmmaker John Greyson says a prosecutor issued the order just as her brother and London, Ont., doctor Tarek Loubani mark their first 45 days in prison.
“Today we learned from our lawyers that John and Tarek’s detainment was extended by 45 days. Tomorrow was going to be the end of their first 45 day period of their detainment so we were expecting that there was going to be some sort of ruling passed down on their detainment period,” Cecilia Greyson told 680News.
Cecilia Greyson says their lawyers told her the extension applied to everyone arrested on Aug. 16 during a bloody protest in Cairo.
“There’s been absolutely no contact with John or Tarek, there’s no telephone access to the prison so they have only been able to speak to our lawyers and to Consular staff,” Greyson said.
She says family members are concerned about the health of the men, since they are on the thirteenth day of a hunger strike to protest their detention.
The men are “still in relatively good health, but they’re tired and as you know, they are still sleeping on concrete, you know they don’t have a bed, they’re sleeping on concrete, it’s very rough conditions in the prison so we continue to be very worried about their health,” Greyson explained.
Cecilia Greyson says lawyers have launched an appeal to free the men, with a decision possible within days.
While Foreign Minister John Baird has spoken publicly on the status of John and Tarek, Greyson is now turning to Canadian Prime Minister.
“At this point we feel its a time when Prime Minister Harper could talk to his counterpart in Egypt and reiterate our calls to release John and Tarek because its quite obvious that any accusations that have been coming from the Egyptian government at this point have no basis.”
In a statement released Saturday, Greyson and Loubani say they were trying to get back to their hotel when they were arrested and beaten by police.