LONDON, Ont. - A famed Hollywood director is joining a growing chorus demanding the release of two Canadians stuck in an Egyptian jail for 18 days.
London, Ont., emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani and Toronto filmmaker John Greyson and their lawyers met with an Egyptian prosecutor on Friday but were told they will have to wait a few more days for any decision on their release.
On the weekend, Gus Van Sant, the Oscar-nominated director of Good Will Hunting and Milk, sent a letter of support for Greyson and Loubani to a blog maintained by Greyson's sister Cecilia.
Van Sant said he's known and respected Greyson for 33 years.
"I am concerned for his well-being after his arrest. I hope that you will release him and allow him to continue his wonderful and helpful life," Van Sant said in the letter.
Van Sant contacted Cecilia Greyson after reading a story about Greyson and Loubani at lfpress.com and emailing QMI Agency seeking contact information for her.
Greyson is a former Londoner and an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Toronto.