Report: Egypt considering releasing alleged spy Grapel

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 1, 2011 19:00

Egypt is considering granting the release of Ilan Grapel, a dual US-Israeli citizen arrested in June on suspicion of being a Mossad spy, AFP reported on Saturday, citing the Egyptian media.

"Cairo is considering the release of Ilan Grapel, a US citizen accused of spying for Israel during the 25 January revolution, especially after promises from the US of offering more political and economic support in return," AFP quoted Egypt's official news agency as saying.

According to the report, Grapel's parents were allowed to visit him on Saturday for the first time, along with US consul-general to Egypt, Robert Powers.

Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported earlier on Saturday that US Senator Gary Ackerman had called for the release of Grapel in exchange for more aid to Egypt.


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