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Two Canadians remain jailed in Egypt after prosecutor fails to show

Undated photos of York University professor and filmmaker John Greyson (left) and London, Ont. emergency room doctor Tarek Loubani. Mr. Greyson and Mr. Loubani were arrested Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 in Cairo, according to reports. and

Two Canadian men remain behind bars in Egypt with their fate still up in the air.

Lawyers representing Tarek Loubani and John Greyson were hoping to meet today with a Cairo prosecutor to plead their case for release.

But the prosecutor failed to show up, and the lawyers were forced to leave the prison where the men are being held as a night-time curfew was approaching.

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There is no word on whether a meeting with the prosecutor can be rescheduled, and supporters of the men say they don't know whether a detention order against them will be lifted.

Loubani, a doctor from London, Ont., Greyson, who is a Toronto filmmaker and university professor were detained Aug. 16 amid deadly riots in the Egyptian capital.

They were in Cairo trying to make their way to Gaza where Loubani was to teach emergency room medicine and Greyson was considering producing a documentary.

Canadian foreign affairs officials have said it appeared the men were in the wrong place at the wrong time when they were detained.

But Egyptian prosecutors have accused them of "participating with members of the Muslim Brotherhood" in an attack on a police station.

Friends and family members of the two men are being encouraged to continue fighting for their release, through social media and diplomatic channels.

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