Panetta in Cairo calls on Egypt to release Grapel

By REUTERS
October 4, 2011 19:50




CAIRO - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday called on Egypt to release imprisoned US-Israeli Ilan Grapel, who was being held in Egypt on charges of espionage for Israel.

Panetta's visit to Egypt followed speculation by Egyptian and Israeli media over the possible release of Grapel.

"We have expressed concern about his treatment and have urged that ultimately he be released. And we raised that issue today ... in discussions," Panetta told reporters in Cairo.


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