TORONTO -- A Toronto filmmaker and a London, Ont., doctor will be detained in an Egyptian prison for another 15 days while a prosecutor examines their cases.
John Greyson of Toronto and emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani of London, Ont. met with Cairo prosecutor Mohamed Heta over the weekend and learned Sunday that they would remain jailed -- still without any charges laid -- for another 15 days as allowed by Egyptian law.
The pair had approached Egyptian police for directions when they were arrested on Aug. 16 during a series of deadly riots in Cairo.
They were in Egypt on their way to Gaza, where Loubani planned on teaching at a hospital and Greyson wanted to observe and film his work.
They were initially held in a cell with 38 other detainees sharing one sink and one toilet. They have now been moved to a less crowded cell at the request of the Canadian consular officials, the family said.
Cecilia Greyson, John Greyson's sister, said in a statement Sunday that they are "now certain that John and Tarek's detention is completely arbitrary, and the process they face lacks any semblance of fairness or credibility.
"While we have approached the Egyptian authorities in good faith and provided them with sworn affidavits, travel itineraries, and other particulars clarifying the nature of John and Tarek's trip to Gaza, the Egyptian prosecutor has alternatively missed and delayed important hearings into John and Tarek's case and then extended their detention repeatedly without cause," she said.
Tarek's brother, Mohammed Loubani, questioned why the prosecutor has "consistently missed and delayed the hearings that he himself had set to review their case.
"Tarek and John have answered every question that has been put to them and now it is time for the Egyptian authorities to do the same," he said in the statement.
Support for the two men has grown across Canada and the globe, and a petition at change.org has more than 110,000 people calling for their release.
Across London, including in hospitals, people have put up posters supporting the two men.
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Lynne Yelich expressed her disappointment in the decision to keep the pair detained.
"Canada shares the concern of the families and friends of Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson in this matter and, in the absence of confirmation of the charges, continues to call for their release," she said in a statement Sunday.
-- With files from QMI Agency