TORONTO — Two Canadians imprisoned in Egypt say they were beaten and have been subjected to degrading treatment since being detained at the height of violent protests in Cairo last month.
Tarek Loubani and John Greyson issued a statement Saturday saying they have been held in prison since Aug. 16 with no access to phone calls. The say they are sharing a tiny cell with 36 other political prisoners and sleeping on concrete and that there are cockroaches in the cell.
The statement was dictated to their lawyers and published on their friend Justin Podur’s website, which is dedicated to their release. The two men have not been charged.
Loubani, a physician, and Greyson, a filmmaker, were trying to make their way to Gaza where Loubani was to teach emergency room medicine and Greyson was considering producing a documentary.
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