Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Helmy Elsherief

Update: Helmy Elsherief, the Canadian who was being held in Egypt, possibly at the request of another country, has been released:

Helmy Elsherief says he's tired, eager to come home and wants to thank the Canadian and Egyptian officials who helped secure his release after 20 days of questioning by authorities in Cairo.

The 63-year-old sounded exhausted but elated yesterday as he spoke briefly with the Star in a telephone interview from his brother's house in Cairo, just a few hours after his release.

"I'm okay. I'll be able to better tell what happened with me when I get home," Elsherief said.

In earlier conversations with his wife and children, he said he had been treated well and that he was happy and healthy, but he did not go into details or the nature of the questioning, or why he was being held.


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