Canadian imprisoned in Egypt for years safely back in Toronto

Mohammed el-Attar, a Canadian imprisoned in Egypt for nearly 15 years, landed safely at Toronto’s Pearson airport Friday morning. 

El-Attar, who is also known by the name Joseph, was arrested after arriving in Cairo for what he said was a vacation to see family in January of 2007.

He was charged with spying for Israel while in Canada and swiftly sentenced.

The bulk of the case rested on a confession that el-Attar and human rights groups have always maintained was tortured out of him.

CBC News reported in 2015 that el-Attar was held in a three-by-two-metre cell while in Egypt.

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