Inquest starts into death of Egyptian spy suspect

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 12, 2010 20:48

LONDON — The widow of a wealthy Egyptian businessman suspected of involvement in Middle East espionage told an inquest into his unexplained death on Monday that her husband had expressed fears that his life was in danger.

Ashraf Marwan, 62, fell to his death from the balcony of his apartment in an exclusive London street in June 2007. An inquest was opened to determine whether he died by suicide, accident or foul play.

Historians and intelligence agents have accused him of being an Israeli spy who passed on vital information before the 1973 Yom Kippur War — or of being a double agent loyal to Egypt.

In 2002, he was named in a book by Israeli historian Ahron Bregman as a spy who had tipped off Israel about the coming Yom Kippur invasion.


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