LONDON, ONT. - Supporters of jailed Ontario emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani and filmmaker John Greyson were stunned Thursday when the hearing for the pair never went ahead.
The hearing was viewed as the best shot for freeing Loubani and Greyson, who were arrested 13 days ago in Cairo on their way to Gaza as part of a medical mission.
The Cairo prosecutor never showed up to the scheduled meeting with the lawyer hired by the families of Loubani and Greyson.
“This is sad, really sad,” said Dr. Amit Shah, a friend of Loubani and emergency medicine professor at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, Ont.
“I would call it shameful, truly shameful,” Shah said.
At the scheduled hearing the lawyer for the pair expected to present the prosecutor with documents showing they were part of a humanitarian mission.
No formal charges have been laid against Loubani and Greyson, although a prosecutor issued a release alleging Canadians were involved in a plot to attack a police station and were carrying weapons. People close to Loubani and Greyson have called the allegations ludicrous.
It is now unclear how long Loubani and Greyson will be detained.
In a posting on his blog, Justin Podur, a York University environmental professor and friend of Loubani and Greyson, said the lawyers for the two waited all day outside the prison for the prosecutor.
“Tarek and John remain in prison. No word has come about rescheduling their appearance before the prosecutor. No other hearings took place, including for other prisoners who were up for their appearances before the prosecutor,” Podur wrote.