Scene: Tarek Loubani and John Greyson Arrive in Toronto
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Scene: Tarek Loubani and John Greyson Arrive in Toronto

After 55 days stuck in Egypt, both men are back home.

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Top, from left to right: Tarek Loubani, John Greyson, and Tarek’s father Mahmoud Loubani.

WHERE: Pearson International Airport

WHEN: October 11, 7:40 p.m.

WHAT: After 50 days in an Egyptian prison and another five unable to leave the country, filmmaker John Greyson and physician Tarek Loubani landed in Toronto Friday evening. “We’re home because of the work of many thousands of people from all walks of life,” the two said in a joint speech after they arrived, “from all stripes of the political spectrum, from Canada, Egypt, and around the world, who were outraged at our arbitrary arrest, and spoke out for our release. Our deepest gratitude to you all.”

After thanking Canadian officials, family, and friends, they continued: “In hindsight, it’s obvious that we made mistakes. … We thought we could avoid the violence that continues to tear Egypt apart. We were wrong. We thought that our work on August 16, as a doctor and a filmmaker tending and documenting the wounded in a field hospital in a mosque, would not be held as blameworthy by the Egyptian authorities. We were wrong.”