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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: Day 11 consular meeting

Aug 27, 5:20pm

From http://tarekandjohn.com/2013/08/27/day-11-update/

It’s Day 11, and today Tarek and John were able to meet with consular officials for a meeting. Their morale and health continues to be good, which is encouraging.

John & Tarek were also given updates about the international attention their case has received. They were very surprised and moved by all the incredible support that has poured in for them.


NYT on Tarek and John

Aug 25, 8:50am

The NYT mentioned Tarek and John's case in an article about the widening crackdown in Egypt

In general, for coverage about Tarek and John, support statements, and updates, please follow tarekandjohn.com. Here at podur.org, we will only be posting updates and statements from the point of view of the families. These will also be on tarekandjohn.com, but usually they will first be posted here.


Update: CBC interview with our lawyer

Aug 23, 8:15am

A representative from our law firm, Khaled El Shalakany, spoke with the CBC yesterday, summarizing Tarek and John's legal situation and the visit made to them yesterday at Tora prison.


We continue to press for their immediate release, and ask supporters and friends to continue to contact Canadian officials and Egyptian consulates and embassies.


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.



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