Canadian doctor begins hunger strike in Egyptian custody
The BMA has written to Egypt's interim president, minister of defence and public prosecutor, expressing concern at the treatment of Canadian nationals Dr Tarek Loubani and Professor John Greyson, who began a hunger strike in Egyptian custody on 16 September 2013, having been detained by security forces since 16 August.
Dr Loubani was on his way to the university hospital in Gaza, accompanied by filmmaker Professor Greyson, when they were caught up in clashes in Ramsis Square, Cairo, between supporters of Egypt’s deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, the security forces and local residents.
They were arrested at 10pm that evening when they approached the security forces to ask for directions to their hotel. The men are currently detained in Tora Prison, south of Cairo, where they have access to their lawyers and consular representatives.
Dr Loubani and Professor Greyson are being detained while security forces investigate charges that they were involved in “destroying public property”, “violence”, “carrying weapons” and “inciting violence”. The pair are being held with hundreds of Egyptians who were arrested during the clashes on 16 August, as well as other foreign nationals caught up in the violence.
Amnesty International has raised concerns that, as with the hundreds of others arrested that day, Dr Loubani and Professor Greyson have been accused of a broad array of offences without apparent consideration of their individual criminal responsibility.
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Read our letter to Egypt's interim president Adly Mahmoud Mansour (PDF)
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Read our letter to Egypt's public prosecutor Hesham Mohamed Zaki Barakat (PDF)