Canadians detained in Egypt
I know that many Canadians and Kingstonians are concerned about Tarek Loubani and John Greyson, two Canadians who have been detained in Egypt without formal charges since August 16. It doesn’t look like Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson were directly engaged in any illegal activity, and news reports suggest that they were arrested after approaching police to ask for directions.
The Liberal Party has called on Egyptian authorities to clarify the reason for Dr. Loubani’s and Mr. Greyson’s detention or release them. Now, 39 days after they were first detained, I want both Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson, as well as the Egyptian authorities, to know that Canadians are concerned about their welfare, and that this concern will not diminish as time passes.
I have spoken with my colleague Marc Garneau, the Liberal Party critic for foreign affairs, and he is in regular contact with the Minister and consular officials. He believes that the government is doing everything it can at the moment to secure the release of Mr. Greyson and Dr. Loubani. We are monitoring the situation closely, and will continue to do so.