Egyptian court convicts man and woman of spying for Israel

The pair allegedly fed Israel information about the Egyptian military's acquisition of German submarines.

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March 29, 2015 19:08
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Egyptian suspected of spying for Israel. (photo credit: EGYPTIAN MEDIA)

 
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An Egyptian court sentenced a man and woman to long term prison sentences Monday after finding them guilty  of spying for Israel, according to AFP.

The man, Ramzy al-Shebini, was sentenced to life in prison, which in Egypt generally means 25 years.  The woman, Sahar Salama, received a 15 year prison term.

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In documents attained by  AFP, the court accused the two of passing along to Israel "strategic information relating to the country's internal situation and information about the military's acquisition of German submarines," between 2008 and 2012.

In December, an Egyptian court sentenced a man to ten years in prison for a conviction on charges that he spied for Israel, according to AFP.

Mohamed Ali Abdel Baki, a shipping manager at the Suez Canal, was convicted of passing his Israeli handlers information about the movement of Egyptian and foreign warships, particularly Iranian ships, through the canal. The Port Said court also convicted in absentia the man's two alleged Israeli handlers to life in prison.

Baki allegedly made contact with the Israeli spies over the Internet in 2011 and later met them at the Israeli Embassy in Bangkok in 2012.

Egyptian prosecutors also claimed that Baki had also offered to give information about shipping movements to Iran, Syria and Hezbollah.



Two Iranian warships passed through the canal in 2011 in what Israel described as a "provocation."

The ships, which docked in a Syrian port before making the return trip, had been the first Iranian ships to go through the canal since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Two additional Iranian ships made the trip a year later in February 2012.

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