Canadians freed in Egypt still face travel ban

Reuters, Ahram Online, Monday 7 Oct 2013

Procedural travel ban still not lifted on two Canadians recently freed by Egyptian authorities after being arrested during clashes in August

 John Greyson, and Tarek Loubani
Canadian filmmaker, John Greyson, and emergency room physician, Tarek Loubani (Photo: ctvnews)

Two Canadians, freed at the weekend after being held in Egypt for more than six weeks without charge, are barred from flying home as they are still awaiting the procedural lift on their travel ban, their lawyer said on Monday.

"When the men went to the airport they found there was a travel ban with their names on it and so they couldn't travel and came back to Cairo," Marwa Farouk, the lawyer representing John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, told Reuters.

"I am appealing to the prosecutor-general to lift the travel ban," said Farouk, who had said the previous day that the Canadians were flying to Toronto after their release.

She said they were not in police custody, and were awaiting a court order -  to lift the ban.

Greyson and Loubani were arrested after going to see street demonstrations on 16 Aug, two days after security forces killed hundreds of supporters of toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsi during a crackdown on protest camps set up in Cairo.

The Canadians were arrested at a checkpoint, then searched and beaten, they said. They were then taken to Cairo's Tora prison, where members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood are held.

More violence erupted in Egypt on Sunday, when 53 people were killed and 271 wounded during Brotherhood protests against the army's overthrow of Morsi on 3 July.

The two Canadians had said they were in Cairo in August on their way to the Gaza Strip, where Loubani had been due to teach a medical course while Greyson made a documentary about him.

Egypt's army-backed authorities released the pair on Sunday, the Canadian foreign affairs department said.

They ended a hunger strike on Thursday that they had begun on 16 Sept in protest against their detention.

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