'Egypt extends alleged spy Grapel's remand by 45 days'

ByJPOST.COM STAFF
September 14, 2011 09:10

Suspected Mossad agent to remain jailed despite US request that he be released while investigation pending, 'Al Ahram' reports.




Ilan Grapel in an interview to Channel 10 in 2006

Ilan Grapel_311. (photo credit:Channel 10 News)

An Egyptian court has ruled to extend the remand of alleged Mossad spy Ilan Grapel by 45 additional days, Egyptian daily Al Ahram reported on Wednesday.

The remand was extended despite an appeal by the US embassy in Cairo that Grapel be released while the investigation was ongoing on their assurances. Egyptian prosecutors maintained that the dual US-Israeli citizen posed a flight risk and the court denied the American request, according to the report.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
'US never put pressure on Egypt to release Grapel'
Cairo's Conspiracy Pastime
PM's office denies knowledge of envoy sent to aid Grapel

Grapel was arrested at his downtown Cairo hotel by Egyptian state security officers in June on suspicion of working for Israeli intelligence to foment sectarian strife and gather intelligence on post-revolution Egypt.


The Emory University Law student, and former IDF soldier, traveled to Egypt this summer as part of his work for a charity helping African refugees.

His family, friends and the Israeli government have categorically denied he was working as a spy in Egypt.

Related Content
Smoke rises during fighting in the village of Ahmadiyah in Syria
June 26, 2017
Ex IDF commander: Israel should take Assad retaliation threats seriously

By ANNA AHRONHEIM