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A new political novel by Justin Podur

About The Demands of the Dead

When police killed his two best friends in a supposedly accidental shooting, detective Mark Brown left the force bitter and angry, abandoning a promising career and leaving his special skills to languish. A year later, the trail of one of the killers has Mark looking south, to Mexico, just as he receives a mysterious, anonymous, encrypted message over e-mail: The dead demand much more than vengeance. Drawn into the conflict zone by the connection to the deaths of his friends, Mark finds that he has to work on both sides to solve the case, in a place where any mistake could endanger lives – or reignite a war.

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Update: We have retained Egyptian counsel, and have some legal clarifications

12:30pm, August 21/13

We have hired Shalakany Law Office (www.shalakany.com) to represent Tarek and John. One of our lawyers, Adam Khaled El Shalakany, has agreed to speak to media on legal aspects of the case.

Our lawyers have confirmed for us that the Film Makers Syndicate has filed a complaint to the Public Prosecutor about the case of John and Tarek and are awaiting a reply.


Update: Replying to far-fetched allegations, calling for immediate release

1:30pm, Aug 20/13

Today a district prosecutor in Cairo sent a press release to domestic Egyptian media outlets referring to the detention for 15 days of nine foreigners -- 4 Irish, 2 Syrian, 1 Turkish, and 2 Canadian -- pending investigation into a wide-ranging list of allegations concerning events that took place at the al-Fateh mosque and the Azbakiya police station.


Detained Canadians’ Families Request Pressure Be Applied on Egyptian Government to Secure Their Immediate Release

August 19th, 2013
16:30am EST

For Immediate Release -

Egyptian authorities continue to detain two Canadians, Professor and Filmmaker, John Greyson, and Emergency Physician, Tarek Loubani, 4 days after their initial arrest.

The families of the two detained Canadians are calling on the Canadian Government to work towards their immediate release.


Update Monday August 19: No visit today, pressure needed for immediate release

4:30pm, Aug 19/13

Although we believed there was going to be a consular visit to Tarek and John in their Cairo prison today, there was no visit.


Egyptian Authorities Continue to Detain Canadian Filmmaker and Emergency Physician

August 18th, 2013
15:30pm EST

For Immediate Release -

Egyptian authorities are currently detaining two Canadians, Professor and Filmmaker, John Greyson, and Emergency Physician, Tarek Loubani, 48 hours after their initial arrest.

Egyptian authorities have yet to provide a reason for the ongoing detention of the two Canadians.


Update: John and Tarek are okay, still no information about charges

3:20pm, Aug 18/13

We have heard from Canadian consular services that they managed to visit Tarek Loubani and John Greyson in the Egyptian prison facility. Tarek and John have both passed messages through consular services that they are okay. We still have no information about charges. Consular services will be seeing Tarek and John again tomorrow.


Update: Tarek & John receiving consular services

12:30pm, Aug 18/13

Canadian officials have confirmed to numerous members of the press that they are aware of John and Tarek's arrests and are providing them with consular services.

There has yet to be any communication with family or friends. We presume this means that consular staff have not yet had direct access to John or Tarek.

Pressure is still needed to get confirmation of their condition and to ensure their release.


Update on John & Tarek's arrests: unconfirmed communication about location

9:55am, August 18/13

We don't have official confirmation from the Canadian authorities, but we have reason to think that John and Tarek have been located.

Pressure is still very much needed to get confirmation of their condition and to ensure their release.


Update on John & Tarek's arrests: pressure on Egyptian authorities needed

8:30am Toronto time, August 18/13

We still have no confirmed information about John and Tarek's whereabouts. We calculate that the best course of action would be for Canadian and US friends to pressure Egyptian embassies and consulates and also Canadian and US foreign affairs offices. Many of these offices will not be open on Sundays, but here is some contact information.

Canadian Embassy in Egypt: cairo@international.gc.ca

Egyptian Embassy, Ottawa, Canada

Egyptian Consulate General, Montreal, Canada


Two Canadians, Tarek Loubani and John Greyson, arrested in Egypt

Two Canadians, doctor Tarek Loubani and filmmaker John Greyson, were arrested by Egyptian police yesterday in Cairo. They were en route to the Gaza Strip, where they are working on an academic and medical collaboration between the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and the main hospital in the Gaza Strip, the al-Shifa hospital.



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