Two Canadians detained without charge in Egypt face further jail time

OTTAWA – Two Canadians arrested in Egypt and held without charge since mid-August will be detained for another 10 days.

Friends of Tarek Loubani and John Greyson say the men have been moved to a less crowded cell but have been told they’ll remain under lock and key despite the absence of formal charges for a full month.

Loubani, a doctor from London, Ont., and Greyson, a Toronto university professor and filmmaker, were detained Aug. 16 during deadly riots in Cairo.

The two were en route to Gaza, where Loubani planned to teach emergency-room medicine and Greyson was considering producing a documentary.

Canadian foreign affairs officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the extended detention, but have said it appears the men were in the wrong place at the wrong time when they were detained.