UPDATE: John Greyson and Tarek Loubani have released an official statement regarding their return to Canada today.
“It’s over. At 9:40 a.m., Cairo local time, we took off from Cairo international airport on a flight back home. We will arrive at Toronto’s Pearson at 7:25 p.m. on flight AC 877. We cannot wait to see our families, who will be waiting for us in the city where we can share hugs, tears and laughs privately. We can’t wait!
Our thoughts remain with the 600 detainees arrested on the same day as us and their families. We make the same demand for them on day #54 of their detention that you made for us: Charge them or free them so they can have their day of hugs, tears and laughs soon, too.”
The two Canadians, John Greyson and Dr. Tarek Loubani, who were held in an Egyptian prison for seven weeks are free to leave Egypt.
The Egyptian foreign ministry has confirmed the Toronto filmmaker, Greyson, and emergency room doctor, Loubani, are in fact free to fly out of the country.
Last Saturday, Canadian officials had confirmed their release from jail, where they had been held after being arrested on August 16. They were taken into custody after they had asked police for directions back to their hotel, in the area of anti-government demonstrations in Cairo.
John and Tarek released a video message to their supporters, saying hi and thanks from Cairo on Wednesday. Watch below!
There is still no confirmation on when the pair will return home to Canada, but their fellow Canadians are anxiously awaiting their return. Greyson’s sister has thanked everyone who has worked to free John and Tarek.
— Cecilia Greyson (@cgreyson) October 6, 2013