10/11/2013 05:37 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Tarek Loubani, John Greyson Arrive Home After Jail In Egypt

TORONTO - Two Canadians who spent seven weeks in an Egyptian prison without being charged have returned home to Canada.

John Greyson and Tarek Loubani were warmly greeted by family and friends when they arrived at Toronto's Pearson airport on Friday evening.

Greyson, a Toronto filmmaker and professor, and Loubani, a London, Ont., doctor, were arrested Aug. 16 after they said they went to check out anti-government protests in Cairo.

They say they were beaten and held for weeks in an overcrowded jail cell that was infested with cockroaches.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and other government officials waged an aggressive campaign for their release.

The pair, who were never charged, were freed last weekend.

But they were prevented from boarding a flight out of the country that same day after their names appeared on a "stop-list'' issued by prosecutors.

Badr Abdel-Atty, Egypt's foreign ministry spokesman, said the two were accused of participating in illegal protests and or resisting authorities during arrest, like many others during a protest by supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

But Abdel-Atty said Thursday that accusations against them had been dropped and the pair had been cleared to leave Egypt.

The two Canadians said Loubani heeded a call for a doctor and began treating wounded demonstrators while Greyson recorded the unrest on video. They said they were arrested and beaten after leaving the scene of the protests.