Israeli citizen released from Egyptian jail after serving two-year sentence

Andrei Pshenichnikov was sentenced in 2013 for infiltrating illegally.

January 3, 2015 21:25

Andrei Pshenichnikov. (photo credit: MAARIV)

Andrei Pshenichnikov was released from an Egyptian jail on Saturday and returned to Israel.

In 2013, An Egyptian court sentenced Pshenichnikov to two years in prison after he infiltrated the Sinai Peninsula.

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Pshenichnikov, 26, from Bat Yam, was originally ordered to be deported to Israel, but an Egyptian judge overturned that ruling.

Pshenichnikov’s mother told Army Radio in 2013 that her son got a visa to enter Egypt, and was scheduled to meet friends from France in Cairo.

The man was reportedly a left-wing activist, who lived in the Palestinian territories and was previously denied a request for Palestinian citizenship.

He was not carrying a passport when he entered Sinai and his name was not on tourist arrival lists, according to the official Egyptian MENA news agency.

Another Israeli citizen, Uda Tarabin, still languishes in an Egyptian jail. He was arrested in 2000 after infiltrating Sinai to visit relatives. He was indicted on espionage charges.

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