Israel govt approves Grapel prisoner swap with Egypt

By REUTERS
October 25, 2011 16:00

JERUSALEM - The Security Cabinet approved unanimously on Tuesday the freeing of 25 Egyptian prisoners to secure the release of a US-Israeli national held by Cairo on suspicion of espionage, government officials said.

The arrangement, brokered with US help, was announced on Monday and an Israeli official said it was likely to take place on Thursday. Israel denies that 27-year-old Ilan Grapel, arrested in Egypt in June, is a spy.


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