Ottawa, 1 October: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called for the immediate release of two Canadians now on hunger strike after being held in Egypt without charges for six weeks.
But the men could be held for at least another 45 days, a relative of one of the men said yesterday.
John Greyson is a Toronto filmmaker and university professor, while Tarek Loubani is an emergency room doctor from London, Ontario.
They were detained in mid-August soon after trying to enter Gaza, where Mr Greyson was scouting for a documentary and Loubani planned to help train local doctors. They were turned back at the Gaza border and later arrested after a protest in Cairo.
They began their hunger strike on 15 September, according to Mr Greyson’s sister, Cecilia.
“In the absence of charges, Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson should be released immediately,” the Canadian prime minister’s office said in an email to AFP.